As coronavirus cases around the U.S. continue to rise, authorities in one Alabama county may have identified a possible source for their increase. Infected college students.
Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Chief Randy Smith said Tuesday that city officials were able to confirm incidents of students knowingly diagnosed with COVID-19 still choosing to attend parties and gatherings within the city and county. “We thought that was kind of a rumor at first,” said Smith, who is heading the city of Tuscaloosa’s Incident Command team in response to the coronavirus. “We did some additional research. Not only did the doctors’ offices help confirm it, but the state confirmed they also had the same information. Smith did not specify how many students knowingly went to such parties or which university or school they attended.
Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry told ABC News that students have been organizing “COVID parties” at which they intentionally infect each other. “They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense,” McKinstry told the network. “They’re intentionally doing it.”