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NIU reports 11 new COVID-19 cases, all in students

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DeKALB – Northern Illinois University reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, all in students.

The school also reported that two students and an employee recovered.

Tuesday was the third day since Oct. 19 on which at least 11 cases have been reported, the last being when 24 cases were reported on Friday. That was the largest increase since 25 cases were reported on Sept. 23.

There have now been 387 positive tests on campus, and 328 have recovered. Six employees and 53 students remain positive.

According to surveillance testing results released Monday, 23 new cases were reported from the randomly selected students among 422 tests. The 5.5% positivity rate was the highest reported in the eight weeks the school has been doing surveillance testing.

The school's quarantine and isolation use rose to 9.2%.

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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