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NIU reports two new COVID-19 cases, seven recoveries on Thursday

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University announced two new cases of COVID-19 and seven new recoveries Thursday.

One new case was listed as a student and the other new case was listed as an employee, according to university data. The seven reported recoveries were six students and one employee.

There now have been 591 positive tests on campus, 62 of which were in employees. There remains 36 active cases on campus, including nine in employees and 27 in students.

To date, 555 cases have fully recovered, including 502 students and 53 employees.

In surveillance testing results released Monday, nine students tested positive among 699 tests conducted last week, a 1.3% positivity rate. For the week of Nov. 16, the previous full week of surveillance testing, there were eight positives in 739 tests, a rate of 1.1%.

The school’s quarantine and isolation use dropped to 3.1% on Thursday.

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 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.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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