NIU reports one new COVID-19 case Tuesday

On Tuesday, Northern Illinois University reported one new case of COVID-19 in a student.

That brings the total number of cases to date to 853, although 822 people have fully recovered.

There remain 31 active cases on campus, all but two in students. The school also announced three new recoveries Tuesday.

The school’s quarantine and isolation use fell to 7.4%, down from 8% the day prior.

During the week beginning March 29, a total of 1,987 COVID-19 tests were administered for surveillance testing. There were 20 positive tests and a positivity rate of 1.00%.

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.

Kelsey Rettke

Kelsey Rettke is the editor of the Daily Chronicle, part of Shaw Media and DeKalb County's only daily newspaper devoted to local news, crime and courts, government, business, sports and community coverage. Kelsey also covers breaking news for Shaw Media Local News Network.