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NIU reports 24 new COVID-19 cases, biggest increase in a month

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University succumbed to the upward trend of coronavirus cases in the county Friday, reporting 24 new cases, the largest daily increase in a month.

It was the biggest increase since 25 cases were reported on Sept. 23.

Three of the new cases were in employees and 21 were in students. The school also reported one new recovery, bringing the total recoveries to 315.

There have now been 371 total positive tests on campus. Prior to Friday, there had only been 22 positive tests this week total.

The school’s quarantine and isolation use rose to 7.4%, a 51% increase from Thursday’s 4.9%.

In surveillance testing results reported Monday, the school ran 716 tests the week of Oct. 12 with a positivity rate of 1.1%, down from 1.7% the week prior.

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.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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