About 5,000 soccer followers packed a well-liked boulevard in Tuscaloosa after the College of Alabama won its 18th college football national championship on Monday evening, ignoring the town’s pleas earlier than the sport to remain residence and inflaming worries about an inflow of coronavirus instances in a metropolis already straining to comprise the pandemic.
The scene on the road of bars and eating places often called the Strip was exactly what well being officers needed to keep away from after the Crimson Tide routed Ohio State, 52-24. Followers, many not carrying masks, could possibly be seen bumping into each other, tossing beer bottles and reveling as if the pandemic didn’t exist.
Mayor Walt Maddox of Tuscaloosa mentioned 14 folks had been arrested after fights broke out within the crowd.
Town reached a vital level within the pandemic, Maddox said last week, with simply 4 intensive care unit rooms accessible on the metropolis’s fundamental hospital and a police power restricted to about 69 % due to the variety of officers who had both contracted or been uncovered to the virus.
Town had urged followers to not create a “block occasion surroundings” if Alabama received. Instances in Alabama had already elevated 30 % over the previous week in comparison with two weeks in the past, based on a New York Times database.
Now, well being officers are getting ready for a post-championship spike.
“A surge on high of a surge, like most locations within the nation, can have devastating penalties,” Maddox mentioned.