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The downward trend of new COVID-19 cases among the student body of the University of Alabama continued this week, and only 48 students tested positive for the virus from September 18 - 24.

New data posted to the UA System COVID-19 Dashboard shows just 77 students at all three UA campuses were infected last week -- 48 in Tuscaloosa, 16 in Birmingham and 13 in Mobile.

In the same time period, 15 faculty and staff members tested positive in Tuscaloosa, 7 in Birmingham and zero in Huntsville.

Only 9 rooms set aside for isolating sick students were occupied in Tuscaloosa, less than 2 percent of the 518 beds available for quarantine. At Huntsville, 22 of 87 spaces were occupied. At UAB, none of the 100 rooms were taken.

In a press release from the UA System, a spokesperson said no cases of COVID-19 have been traced to contact in the classroom on any of the three campuses, and there are no reports of current hospitalization.

The next major hurdle for the Tuscaloosa campus will be next weekend's first home football game against the Texas A&M Aggies, but in a socially distanced Bryant-Denny Stadium and with tailgating on campus prohibited this year, the spread of the virus should be sharply limited.

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