Several college students in an Alabama city organized\u00a0"COVID-19"\u00a0parties as a contest to see who would get the virus first, officials said.\r\nTuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry said students hosted the parties to intentionally infect each other with the new coronavirus, news outlets reported.\r\nMcKinstry said party organizers purposely invited guests who tested positive for COVID-19. She said the students put money in a pot and whoever got COVID first would get the cash.\r\n"It makes no sense," McKinstry said. "They're intentionally doing it."\r\nTuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith confirmed the incidents to the City Council on Tuesday.\r\nThe department thought the parties were rumors, but Smith said after some research, officials discovered the parties were real.\r\n"Not only do the doctors' offices confirm it but the state confirmed they also had the same information," Smith said.\r\nSmith did not say whether actions would be taken against the students. He also did not say which schools the students attend.\r\nTuscaloosa is home to The University of Alabama and several other colleges.\r\nTuscaloosa City Council members unanimously approved a mask requirement during a meeting Tuesday.