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NIU reports 6 more COVID-19 cases, 3 more recoveries

Northern Illinois University announced six new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and three new recoveries.

There now have been 578 total positive tests on campus, 56 of which were in employees and 522 in students. There remain 49 active cases on campus, including seven in employees and 42 in students.

All of the new cases and recoveries Friday were students. To date, 529 cases have fully recovered, including 480 recovered students and 49 recovered employees.

The school did not conduct full surveillance testing last week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, testing only 17 students with no positive cases. For the week of Nov. 16, there were eight positives in 739 tests, a rate of 1.1%.

The school’s quarantine and isolation rate decreased to 5.5%.

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.

Post-Thanksgiving break, NIU classes that weren’t already being offered online were transitioned to remote as able, although some courses could remain in person, with the campus and residential halls still open for students. No decision has yet been made on any spring graduations for the Class of 2021.

According to the school, a 14-day quarantine begins after individuals first show signs of COVID-19 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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