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Six new cases of COVID-19 reported at NIU Wednesday

Northern Illinois University reported six new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, all in students. It’s the largest daily case count since March 1.

That brings the total number of cases to date to 831, although 812 people have fully recovered.

There remain 19 active cases on campus: 18 students and one employee. The school also announced there were no recoveries Wednesday.

The school’s quarantine and isolation increased to 5.5%.

During the week beginning March 22, a total of 2,070 COVID-19 tests were administered for surveillance testing. There were six positive tests and a positivity rate of 0.30%.

As in the fall, students were required to take a COVID-19 test before being allowed to move in to university housing this spring. NIU will post the results in daily totals as they come in.

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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