Coronavirus Updates: Spike causes university to limit size of campus gatherings

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Officials at the University of Notre Dame are limiting the size of gatherings on campus after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

University President John Jenkins is blaming "social activity over the past weekend" for the outbreak.

31 new cases were reported this past week after fewer than five the week before.

Reverend Jenkins was one of more than a dozen attendees at the White House Rose Garden Nomination Ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett who later tested positive.

He admitted to not wearing a mask at the event.

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