DeKALB – Northern Illinois University matched its lowest total in eight days of one coronavirus case, the school reported Thursday.
The school also reported 21 recoveries, the most in a single day. Three of the recoveries were in staff members, leaving just nine active cases in staff and 51 active cases in students.
In all, there have been 436 positive cases and 376 recoveries.
According to surveillance testing results released Monday, 25 new cases were reported from the randomly selected students among 751 tests. The 3.3% positivity rate was lower than last week but still the third-highest overall.
The school’s quarantine and isolation use dropped to 11.7%.
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