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Coronavirus

NIU ends week with nine new cases of COVID-19 Friday

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Northern Illinois University ended the week with nine new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, seven in students and two in employees, bringing the total number of cases up to 513.

The school also reported eight new recoveries, seven in students and one in an employee, as active cases on campus came in at 57 (48 students, nine employees).

To date, there have been 470 students and 43 employees test positive, while 457 have fully recovered (422 students, 35 employees).

According to surveillance testing results released Monday, 12 new cases were reported from the randomly selected students among 506 tests for a positivity rate of 2.4%.

The school’s quarantine and isolation use dropped to 5.5%, down from 8% the previous day.

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 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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