JSU records sharp increase of active COVID-19 cases, reaching 143

As of Thursday, Jacksonville State University has confirmed 143 active cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. (Courtesy of the Food and Drug Administration)As of Thursday, Jacksonville State University has confirmed 143 active cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. (Courtesy of the Food and Drug Administration)

Miranda Prescott, News Editor

Jacksonville State University is currently reporting 143 active cases of COVID-19 that are actively being followed by the university’s task force as of Thursday. This latest case total was updated on Thursday morning.

On Friday, Aug. 21, the university reported 44 active cases. Six days later, the university reports they are actively monitoring 143 cases, a 225 percent increase in less than a week.

The university on Wednesday made the decision to cancel all in-person student organization events for two weeks, citing “recent trends.” That same day, the university also elevated housing to ‘stage 3’, meaning all non-residents are prohibited from visitation in residence halls.

This dashboard set up on the homepage for JSU’s COVID-19 website also indicates that Calhoun County has reported 381 positive cases over the past 14 days.

According to the Calhoun County EMA, the county has reported 2,215 confirmed cases as of Thursday, with 381 of them from the past 14 days. Calhoun County has also tested 4,863 individuals for the virus in the past 14 days, and 27 are currently reported to be hospitalized with the virus.

In total, the state has reported approximately 112,794 of COVID-19 in Alabama, with 1,990 deaths associated with the virus as of Thursday.

Efforts to reach the university administration or Dr. Jeff Ryan, the university COVID-19 task force head, for comment were unsuccessful.

CORRECTION: Originally, we reported that there were 44 active COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Aug. 20. These numbers were actually recorded on Friday, Aug. 21. The story has been updated to reflect this.

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