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'People are having huge house parties:’ Alabama student says school blameless in coronavirus spike

Dominique Satterwhite, a graduate student at the University of Alabama, feels the university took a strong approach by testing people before they returned to campus, offering different learning options and putting precautions in the classrooms.

Posted: Aug 31, 2020 10:05 PM

Despite having more than 1,000 student coronavirus cases on campus, one University of Alabama student said the school is doing a great job handling the situation.

Dominique Satterwhite, a graduate student at the University of Alabama, feels the university took a strong approach by testing people before they returned to campus, offering different learning options and putting precautions in the classrooms.

She said students aren't taking the coronavirus threat as seriously as they should.

“The university has done their job,” Satterwhite said, noting that she’s almost been annoyed with the frequency with which she receives emails from the school reminding her about health check-ups and testing possibilities.

“So I know they’re putting their money where their mouth is in making sure you get tested and making sure there is ways for you to get tested on campus,” she explained.

Off-campus, it seems some students are not following the rules, and that's where she believes the issue sits.

“Here in Tuscaloosa, people are having huge house parties and with multiple houses next to each other, with like 10 or more people,” she said. “That’s like 30 or 40 people.”

Currently, the university is restricting access to Greek houses and residence halls and prohibiting gatherings both on and off-campus.

The school has also postponed student events outside of classes and Satterwhite said you can’t enter any building without a mask and told me she hasn’t seen anyone try.

To an extent, she’s seen this level of enforcement off-campus.

“If you go on the strip during the weekends, there’s police officers patrolling and they will say you need to put a mask on or you will in fact get in trouble. So the supervisors, teachers, police enforcement and academics are enforcing that rule very highly.”

With the bars in Tuscaloosa now closed and additional restrictions on students, Satterwhite tells me she hopes students start to take safety more seriously and think about others.

As of last Thursday, there were more than 2,400 student and staff cases in the University of Alabama system.

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Confirmed Cases: 134231

Reported Deaths: 2357
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Lee582961
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Marshall390944
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DeKalb239120
Walker228483
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Talladega212728
Limestone206120
Cullman188519
Dallas177426
Franklin175529
Russell17442
Autauga173825
Lauderdale168233
Colbert163626
Blount159415
Escambia158425
Jackson154611
Chilton153531
Dale135444
Covington134427
Coffee13078
Pike11879
Chambers115142
Tallapoosa114685
Clarke107717
Marion95729
Butler91339
Barbour8577
Winston73712
Marengo70820
Lowndes65327
Pickens65114
Bibb64210
Randolph63713
Hale62828
Lawrence60922
Geneva5995
Bullock59814
Cherokee59115
Monroe5818
Clay5707
Washington55613
Perry5407
Conecuh53111
Crenshaw53132
Wilcox53111
Henry4865
Macon48020
Fayette4438
Sumter43419
Lamar3632
Choctaw34612
Cleburne3396
Greene30315
Coosa1673
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Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 187690

Reported Deaths: 2312
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Davidson26252298
Hamilton928791
Knox918175
Rutherford915088
Williamson516536
Sumner475896
Wilson341844
Putnam320139
Montgomery302244
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Bradley289317
Madison280061
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Washington223935
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Sullivan212133
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Tipton178118
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Gibson160922
Hardeman154826
Wayne14905
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Dyer131813
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Rhea79812
Hawkins78316
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Marshall7415
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Smith69810
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Henry6139
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