WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ — Monmouth University President Patrick Leahy is blaming an off-campus “super-spreader event” held two weeks ago for the overwhelming majority of new positive coronavirus cases that were responsible for shutting down the campus to in-person classes and athletic activities.

The COVID-19 cases at the university, which now cumulatively stand at 319, also appears to be the major cause for a spike in Monmouth County cases on October 8 when a total of 130 were reported.

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“Since we first reported a notable increase in COVID-19 cases on campus, we have learned — through extensive contact tracing efforts — additional details about the likely origin. It appears that this increase in cases among students was tied to an off-campus event hosted two weeks ago,” Leahy said in an October 9 letter posted on the university’s website.

“An overwhelming majority of the recent cases we have seen can be traced back to this isolated super-spreader event. Moving forward, we will need 100 percent cooperation from our campus community in order to resume our fall semester as planned,” he continued.

Click here to read Leahy’s entire message.

Since October 8, Monmouth County has reported a steady decline in new cases, which on October 12 totaled 38.

  • Click here for the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard.
  • Click here for Monmouth County’s latest coronavirus information.
  • Click here for Monmouth University’s COVID-19 Campus Dashboard.


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