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NIU reports two new coronavirus cases over weekend

Northern Illinois University on Monday announced two new cases of coronavirus after reporting only eight previously this week.

The new cases bring the total to 312 so far. Both new cases were in students, and 299 total students have had the virus along with 13 employees.

The school also announced 11 more recoveries, three in employees. There now have been 299 recoveries, including 281 in students. Only 13 active cases remain, only in employees

According to surveillance testing results reported Monday, the school last week conducted 525 tests, nine of which came back positive, a positivity rate of 1.7%.

The quarantine and isolation usage was reported at 5.6% down from double-digits most of last week.

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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