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Coronavirus

Two more NIU students with COVID-19 Friday, 1 new recovery; 26 positive cases remain

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DeKALB – Northern Illinois University on Friday announced two more cases of COVID-19 in students, and one more recovery as total cases at the school rose to 325.

No new employees have tested positive since Wednesday, according to NIU's COVID-19 data. Friday's report continued the university's downward trend of daily COVID-19 cases. Double digits of COVID-19 cases have not been reported since Sept. 28, according to NIU records.

The total number of recoveries rose to 299 Friday, 286 in students and 13 employees. To date, there remain 23 positive cases in students on campus, and three positive employees.

The school's quarantine and isolation use dip[ed to 4.3% Friday, down from 5.6% the day prior.

According to surveillance testing results reported Oct. 5, the school last week conducted 525 tests, nine of which came back positive, a positivity rate of 1.7%. Updated surveillance testing results is expected Monday.

President Lisa Freeman called for a two-week pause to in-person classes Sept. 11 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases connected to campus. She had cited large gatherings and parties as the main source of transmission of COVID-19. The decision was made the same day the Illinois Department of Public Health designated DeKalb County as a warning zone because of a surge in cases. Classes resumed Sept. 28.

The university first welcomed students back to campus Aug. 19, and classes began Aug. 24. Students living on campus were required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test before moving in.

According to the school, a 14-day quarantine begins after individuals first show signs of symptoms, not when they receive a positive test for the virus. A case is considered recovered after the 14-day period is over.

Although specific surveillance testing results are reported weekly on Mondays, positive tests found through the program are included in daily statistics.

Daily COVID-19 case data from the DeKalb County Health Department may not reflect daily data from NIU because some students or employees may live outside the county and still test positive for the virus.

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