(CBS News) – Students in Alabama threw COVID-19 parties where infected students were invited and there was a contest over who would get it first, according to officials.
“The one thing that we have seen over the last few weeks is parties going on throughout the county … at several locations, where students or kids would come in with known positives,” Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith said at a briefing on Tuesday.
“We thought that was kind of a rumor at first, and then we did some additional research,” he said. “Not only did the doctors offices help confirm it, but the state confirmed they had also had the same information.”
Smith said it has been difficult tracking how many students have been infected, especially because some have out-of-state addresses and just go to school in Alabama.