TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBMA) — Several college students, who were aware they had tested positive for the coronavirus, attended parties around Tuscaloosa, according to a city official.
Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith said they discovered the students, who knew they were COVID-19 positive, had been attending parties around the city and county over the past few weeks. This information was given during a pre-council meeting Tuesday afternoon.
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Chief Smith said it was a rumor at first but they investigated the unnamed students and confirmed it through local doctors offices and the state health department.
"We had seen over the last few weeks parties going on in the county, or throughout the city and county in several locations where students or kids would come in with known positives. We thought that was kind of a rumor at first....we did some additional research....not only did the doctor's offices help confirm it but the state confirmed they also had the same information," Smith said.
The Tuscaloosa City Council will vote on a mask ordinance Tuesday night.
This story has been updated to reflect the fact that Chief Smith did not name the University of Alabama specifically.