Alabama college students are throwing 'COVID parties' where they invite infected people and gamble on who gets sick first, officials say
- A city-council member in Tuscaloosa,
Alabama, told ABC News on Wednesday that students in the college town had been throwing "COVID parties."
- People infected with the
coronavirusare invited to the parties, and attendees take bets on who will get sick first.
- As of Thursday, the state had confirmed more than 38,000 coronavirus cases and 947 deaths. Authorities have warned that intensive-care-unit beds might run out.
College students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, have been throwing parties in which they invite people infected with the coronavirus and gamble on who comes down with the illness first, city officials say.Advertisement
"Not only did the doctor's offices help confirm it, but the state confirmed they had the same information," Smith said, according to WBMA.
McKinstry went into more detail about the parties Wednesday, telling ABC
"It makes no sense."Officials did not say which college the students attend. The largest school based in Tuscaloosa is the University of Alabama. In March, the University of Alabama canceled in-person classes and spring commencement to curb the spread of the coronavirus. It plans to reopen the campus for some in-person classes in the fall, however, according to the school's website.Advertisement
McKinstry said authorities were trying to break up any parties they heard of — a challenging task.
"It's nonsense," she said. "But I think when you're dealing with the mind frame of people who are intentionally doing stuff like that and they're spreading it intentionally, how can you truly fight something that people are constantly trying to promote?"Alabama residents are under an order to quarantine for 14 days if they test positive for the coronavirus. Breaking that quarantine can incur a fine up to $500.Advertisement
As of Thursday, the state had confirmed more than 38,000 cases, including 2,049 in Tuscaloosa County. More than 2,800 people have been hospitalized with infections and 947 have died, according to state figures.
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