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NIU rounds out the week with 14 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, as positive cases exceed 400

On Friday, Northern Illinois University reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, including 13 students and one employee.

The school also announced one new recovery, an employee, as positive cases exceeded 400 Friday.

There now have been 408 positive tests on campus, and 335 have recovered (including 17 employees and 318 students). Seven employees and 66 students remain positive.

According to surveillance testing results released Monday, 23 new cases were reported from the randomly selected students among 422 tests. The 5.5% positivity rate was the highest reported in the eight weeks the school has been doing surveillance testing.

The school’s quarantine and isolation use rose to 13.5%.

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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