That in-person teaching is turning out great.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Coronavirus infections are rising sharply at the University of Alabama, where school officials have reported more than 1,000 cases since classes began Aug. 19.
The university announced Friday that 481 students on its flagship campus in Tuscaloosa tested positive this week, bringing the total number of infections reported there in the past two weeks to 1,043. The university has also reported more than 150 cases among students at its Birmingham campus and 10 at its Huntsville location.
The outbreak represents one of the largest coronavirus clusters reported at any academic institution since the start of the new academic year, painting an alarming picture for densely populated campuses across the country and the communities that surround them.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox (D) said the spike in campus infections could threaten both the city’s health-care system and the local economy, which is heavily dependent on the 38,000-student university.
“We don’t know what the community spread may be,” Maddox told The Washington Post on Saturday, adding that it could take two weeks or more to get a clear read on the extent of the outbreak from testing and hospitalization data.
“We’re also talking about thousands of jobs that are at risk in our community if there aren’t in-person classes,” he said. “There’s a lot on the line.”
Yeah, there is a lot on the line like the lives of these students and their teachers for instance.
These people keep acting as if the jobs are more important than the risk of infection, but that is obviously not the case.
You cannot serve customers who are dead or hospitalized with a deadly virus.
And what happens when those hospital beds are all full?
I swear we are too damn far into this for people to still be acting so damn ignorant.