Persichilli told a news briefing in Trenton on Wednesday that there have been “several circumstances where indoor and outdoor gatherings in our state have led to community clusters of COVID-19.” She included the party at Rutgers as one of the many gatherings that led to coronavirus outbreaks.
A spokesperson for Rutgers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Rutgers announced on Saturday that the football program would be quarantined after six positive COVID-19 tests in its most recent cycle, bringing its total to 10 positive tests since players began returning to campus on June 15.
“There has been an epidemic of Rutgers football players, with 15 of them currently testing positive,” Persichilli said during Gov. Phil Murphy’s press briefing.
“These examples that we share today represent 125 new cases of COVID-19 in our state. Each of these cases has the potential to infect other people. Their grandparents, parents, siblings, friends, relatives and, if applicable, of them have underlying conditions… the result could be fatal. ”
Rutgers is one of two Big Ten programs currently in quarantine. The entire Michigan state team has suspended all training until at least August 4 due to recent positive tests.