NIU coronavirus cases top 1,000 Tuesday

DeKALB - On Tuesday, COVID-19 cases linked to Northern Illinois University campus climbed past 1,000 since the pandemic began, as seven new cases were reported, all in students.

There has now been a total number of 1,006 cases to date, although 953 have fully recovered.

There remain 53 active cases on campus, all but two in students. The school also announced six new recoveries Tuesday.

The school’s quarantine and isolation use decreased to 11.7%.

During the week beginning April 19, a total of 1,669 COVID-19 tests were administered for surveillance testing. There were 37 positive tests and a positivity rate of 2.20%.

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.