Four new COVID-19 cases reported at NIU Thursday

DeKALB – On Thursday, Northern Illinois University reported four new cases of COVID-19, all in students.

The university also reported one recovery in a student.

Of the remaining 18 active cases on campus, 17 are in students. Since the start of the school year Aug. 19, there have been 162 cases of COVID-19 and 144 recoveries.

The school’s quarantine and isolation use is 4.08%, with four beds in use and 94 beds still available.

Surveillance testing is done weekly, on a random selection of students and staff on campus via rapid testing, which allows NIU to locate and identify viral spread more quickly. During the week of Sept. 27, 1,653 surveillance tests were administered, resulting in seven positive test results. NIU’s positivity rate is 0.36%.

According to 10-day enrollment data released by the university, there are 3,694 students living on campus as of the fall semester, and a total enrollment of 16,769 for the fall semester, which includes undergraduate and graduate students.

As part of NIU’s COVID-19 protocol, all students and employees on campus are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing unless they provide proof of vaccination.

According to Gov. JB Pritzker’s new mandates, all higher education students and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. NIU had approved a similar mandate, including a required vaccine for students living on campus, prior to the governor’s announced mandate in late August.

According to university officials, 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 might not reflect daily data from NIU because some students or employees may live outside the county and still test positive for the virus.

Katrina Milton

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.