UNA resumes COVID data page; reports 61 cases

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama has relaunched its COVID-19 data page, which indicates there have been 61 cases of the disease reported on campus.
The page is available at una.edu, officials said.
UNA has started the Fall 2020 semester with a blend of in-person courses as well as those taught remotely and online.
“The data in the dashboard includes weekly updates on the number of positive cases, weekly trends, percent positive rates of sentinel testing, and cumulative positive cases since Aug. 19 when students returned to campus,” said Kimberly Greenway, vice president for Student Affairs and chairwoman of the Covid-19 Recovery Task Force. “The goal is to provide data that’s reliable and helps inform the community.”
UNA will begin sentinel testing during the week of Sept. 7.
“UNA has worked closely with the University of Alabama at Birmingham to offer this testing,” Greenway said. “It will allow us to continue to measure the ongoing health and well-being of the campus community as we move through the semester. UAB, as the state’s leading research institution, has been a good partner with us as well as other four-year colleges and universities in Alabama.”
The University had reported COVID cases until Aug. 11 but removed the data to ensure it was reliable and provided an accurate picture of the virus on campus, officials said. In addition, UNA has also required that all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus wear a cloth face covering, maintain at least six feet of physical distance from others, and practice safe hygiene.