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DeKALB – Northern Illinois University on Monday announced 11 new cases of COVID-19, representing three days of reporting data.

Ten of the cases were in students as the school announced three new recoveries as well.

There now have been 336 total cases at the school, 302 of which have recovered. Of the 34 active cases, 31 are in students. A total of 17 employees have tested positive.

In surveillance testing results reported Monday, the school ran 716 tests the week of Oct. 12 with a positivity rate of 1.1%, down from 1.7% the week before

The school’s quarantine and isolation use was at 4.9%.

According to surveillance testing results reported Oct. 5, the school last week conducted 525 tests, nine of which came back positive, a positivity rate of 1.7%.

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.

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