Officials within the southern U.S. metropolis of Tuscaloosa, Alabama unanimously handed an ordinance this week mandating the carrying of face masks in public as a COVID-19 precaution after studying college students had been holding events to see who may catch the virus first.
Council members heard Tuesday from Fire Chief Randy Smith, who investigated stories of the events.
Smith mentioned he and his employees thought the stories of events within the metropolis and all through the encompassing county had been merely rumors. But he mentioned medical doctors and state officers they spoke with had been capable of verify the stories are true.
Council Member Sonya McKinstry instructed ABC News she additionally had investigated the stories and mentioned organizers of the events purposely invited individuals who had examined constructive for COVID-19. Partygoers would put cash in a pot and whoever bought the primary an infection would win the money.
Tuscaloosa is Alabama’s second largest metropolis and residential to the University of Alabama. As of Wednesday, the state division of well being recorded 27,900 COVID-19 circumstances and 1,082 deaths.