The University of Alabama System's four-week trend of seeing a decrease in new COVID-19 cases among its three student bodies was broken last week, but the increase in new infections was still slight, especially compared to the beginning of the academic year in August.

According to new data on the System's COVID-19 Dashboard, there were 97 new cases among students across all three System campuses -- 45 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, 49 at UAB and just 3 at UAH.

Despite a jump up from 24 new cases reported in Tuscaloosa during the last week of September, this is still the second-lowest weekly figure reported since the tracker went live in late August. UAH also reported its second-lowest number last week.

At UAB, cases among students are unfortunately trending in the other direction -- the 49 new infections there represent the worst week on that campus since the System began tracking and sharing data.

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In a press release from the UA System, a spokesperson stressed than there were fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases last week among 70,400 total students on the three campuses.

Only 5 isolation beds were occupied in Tuscaloosa Friday, less than 1 percent of the total space available. 8 of 100 spaces were taken in Birmingham, and there were no students isolated in Huntsville.

The results of random sentinel testing also remained encouraging this week. Of the more than 1,100 tests conducted across the three campuses last week, only eight positive cases were detected -- four in Tuscaloosa, three in Birmingham and one in Hunstville.

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