WEST LONG BRANCH – More than 100 active cases were reported at Monmouth University after a “superspreader” event, the university announced this weekend.
Since first reporting a notable increase in COVID-19 cases on campus, the university has learned – through extensive contact tracing efforts – about the likely origin, said President Patrick F. Leahy.
The increase in cases among students was tied to an off-campus event hosted two weeks ago, Leahy said.
“An overwhelming majority of the recent cases we have seen can be traced back to this isolated superspreader event,” he said. He did not provide further details.
Moving forward, Leahy said, the college needs 100 percent cooperation from the campus community “in order to resume our fall semester as planned.”
“I cannot emphasize enough the critical importance of compliance with Monmouth University COVID-19 protocols and state of New Jersey health and safety measures to effectively protect the Monmouth