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NIU reports two new cases of COVID-19, six recoveries Wednesday as quarantine use drops to zero

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University announced two new cases of COVID-19 and six recoveries on Wednesday, leaving just 22 active cases on campus.

Five of the recoveries were in students, one in an employee. Both positive cases were in students.

There have been 601 total cases (537 students, 64 staff), of which 579 have recovered.

No new surveillance test results were released after Dec. 7, according to the NIU COVID-19 online record.

As of Wednesday, there is no quarantine or isolation space in use on NIU campus, according to the university’s online COVID-19 reporting. The university’s administrative closure for the December holidays will begin Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, and NIU will report COVID-19 activity through Dec. 22.

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 if able to do so, 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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