The outbreak of COVID-19 cases reported by Bradley University last week, which now totals 12 affected students, is likely attributed to an off-campus “social gathering,” the school’s president said in an email on Monday.
The school did contact tracing from an initial positive test, and officials there believe the spread occurred “as a result of a small off-campus social gathering where the use of masks and physical distancing did not occur,” President Stephen Standifird stated in the communique.
“This event highlights the importance of remaining vigilant about engaging in behaviors proven to slow the spread of the virus,” he added. “Face masks, physical distancing and frequent hand washing matter. This case also highlights the importance of an aggressive testing and contact tracing routine.”
Initially the school reported eight students positive on Thursday, then amended that to 10 on Friday before reporting 12 on Monday. Some of the students were involved in the school’s orientation program assisting incoming students, but on Friday Bradley stated that the spread is not believed to be connected to the orientation sessions conducted for incoming students.
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