Dear Monmouth University Community:
Consistent with our commitment to transparency regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to provide daily updates to our dashboard, which tracks confirmed test results in our campus community and reports the number of students in isolation or quarantine.
Based on the most recent test results, including self-reported and university-conducted testing, today we are reporting 36 new confirmed cases. While the overall numbers are still small relative to our campus population, it is a notable increase over the 39 total confirmed cases reported on Friday, September 25. While we continue to monitor the situation closely, we are fortunate that none of the confirmed cases has resulted in hospitalization. Moreover, we have seen no evidence of transmission of the virus from students to faculty or staff members. As of today, we have not identified any confirmed cases among graduate students.
We have immediately expanded our contact tracing efforts and have increased the use of strategic surveillance testing. I anticipate implementing additional health and safety measures as soon as tomorrow, following conversations with the public health officials from the Monmouth Regional Health Commission, as well as with faculty, staff, and student leadership here at the University.
I strongly urge all members of the campus community to reaffirm their commitment to personal health and safety practices in order to keep Monmouth Strong. Please be on the lookout for further guidance tomorrow.
Dr. Patrick F. Leahy