University of Alabama preparing for students return to campus during COVID-19 pandemic

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students at the University of Alabama have already begun the process of moving into campus dorms while many more went into off-campus housing.

Nevaeh Guerrero, a Nashville native who is studying to become a doctor, spent all Tuesday morning with her family and friends, moving her boxes, luggage and other belongings into her new dorm at Presidential Village.

“I am really excited but I feel its a little different because of everything going on right now but I am very excited and ready to be somewhere new and start a new chapter and meet a bunch of new people,” Guerrero said.

Tuesday was early move-in day at the university. Before students move back onto campus or participate in any campus activities, they must test negative for COVID-19. Anika Thompson, a freshman from California majoring in advertising, is concerned about the coronavirus, even though she tested negative for it.

“Yeah, it’s concerning obviously, but if the school is opening up and everyone is wearing a mask and its nice to see that its a state mandate that everyone has to wear a mask,” Thompson said.

UA officials say the school has taken steps to make sure all buildings, classrooms, and dormitories are sanitized and social distancing will be observed. Classes get underway Aug. 19.


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