Scott Young, Editor in Chief
Jacksonville State University is currently reporting 219 active cases of COVID-19 that are being actively followed by the university’s COVID-19 task force as of Thursday morning.
This number is up from the 143 active cases of COVID-19 that were reported by the university last Thursday, an increase of 53 percent, or 76 cases.
The university began actively updating their COVID-19 numbers shortly after the start of the semester, though the dashboard has existed since the summer.
The Chanticleer has begun keeping a day-by-day update of total cases of COVID-19 at JSU, which shows that the university reported 44 active cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 21. The graph will be updated as new numbers become available (click here to view it).
On Monday, The Chanticleer reported that a patron of Brother’s Bar in Jacksonville tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a concert at the bar on Aug. 22. A photo from the concert shows a large number of attendees not wearing masks and not social distancing. It is unclear whether or not the concert has had an impact on JSU’s increase of COVID-19 cases.
According to the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency, the county has reported 2,413 confirmed cases as of Thursday, with 361 of them from the past 14 days. 25 are currently reported to be hospitalized with the virus in the county.
In total, the state has reported approximately 128,239 cases of COVID-19 in Alabama, with 2,217 deaths associated with the virus as of Thursday, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Efforts to reach the university administration or Dr. Jeff Ryan, the university COVID-19 task force head, for comment both this week and last week were unsuccessful.