Two new cases of COVID-19 reported at NIU Wednesday; 20 active cases remain on campus

DeKALB - Northern Illinois University reported two new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, both in students.

That brings the total number of cases to date to 793, although 773 people have fully recovered.

There remain 20 active cases on campus, all but three in students. The school also announced four new recoveries Wednesday.

The school’s quarantine and isolation remained the same at 1.2%.

During the week beginning Feb. 22, a total of 2,093 COVID-19 tests were administered for surveillance testing. There were three positive tests and a positivity rate of 0.14%.

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.

Katrina J.E. Milton

Award-winning reporter and photographer for Shaw Media publications, including The Daily Chronicle and The MidWeek newspapers in DeKalb County, Illinois, since 2012.