Melissa Brown, Montgomery Advertiser Published 8:37 p.m. ET Aug. 28, 2020 | Updated 9:51 p.m. ET Aug. 28, 2020CLOSE Communal living spaces and a younger population may be a contributing factor to new surges in COVID-19 cases on college campuses. USA TODAYCoronavirus cases continue to mushroom at the University of Alabama, with 1,043 cases among faculty, staff and students since Aug. 19, the first day of on-campus classes.On Friday, newly released figures showed the university recorded 481 new cases of COVID-19 on its campus in the previous three days alone. The college had reported 158 cases among employees and students before Aug. 19.The cases are separate from the school’s re-entry testing program, which required students to take a COVID-19 test before fall semester and returned only 310 positives out of 30,000 students. Cases quickly spread as students moved onto campus and Greek houses held pre-semester events. The new cases are a small percentage of the more than 35,100 students, faculty and staff that make up Alabama’s campus. But university and Tuscaloosa officials this week expressed concern about the school’s quarantine dorm capacity along with the strain a rapid surge in cases would place on the city’s health care infrastructure. ‘A complete fantasy’? College students are moving in, but they’re making


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