NIU to update COVID-19 numbers weekly instead of daily as students leave for summer

DeKALB – As of Friday, April 30, Northern Illinois University has had 1,008 cases of COVID-19, although 980 have fully recovered. Also, as of that date, there remain 28 active cases on campus, all but one in students.

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%.

Beginning Monday, May 3, employees who are not vaccinated and work on campus in housing and residential services, campus dining services, human resource services, the Child Development and Family Center and the Holmes Student Center are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing throughout the summer, according to NIU’s online COVID-19 data tracker.

Students and faculty with in-person classes who are not vaccinated will also be required to participate in surveillance testing. Surveillance testing will also be available on a voluntary basis to any NIU student or employee who would like to be regularly tested.

Testing will take place Mondays and Thursdays. NIU’s campus COVID-19 dashboard will be updated every Monday, starting May 10.

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.