Four new COVID-19 cases at NIU leave 30 active cases on campus

Northern Illinois University reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and one recovery, leaving 30 current cases on campus.

There have been a total of 637 positive tests at NIU this school year.

New cases reported through Thursday of this week could also include those identified through the university’s gateway testing protocol, meaning all students prior to moving back to campus this month were required to get tested. Those found to have contracted the viral respiratory disease were quarantined, and a cumulative number of tests identified through this protocol will be reported Thursday.

The school’s quarantine and isolation spaces use remained 8.0%.

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

After Thanksgiving break, NIU classes that weren’t already being offered online were transitioned to remote if they were able to do so, although some courses could remain in person, as the campus and residential halls still were open for students. No decision has been made yet on spring graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021.

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.

Eddie Carifio

Has been the sports editor in DeKalb since 2014.