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Coronavirus

NIU hits new high with 20 new coronavirus cases reported Friday, total climbs to 77 cases

Signs on the entrance to New Residence Hall at Northern Illinois University reminds students to wear a mask as they enter the building Aug. 19 during the first of five move-in days at NIU in DeKalb. Students, parents, staff and volunteer helpers were required to observe coronavirus safety precautions set out by the school including wearing masks and maintaining social distance.
Signs on the entrance to New Residence Hall at Northern Illinois University reminds students to wear a mask as they enter the building Aug. 19 during the first of five move-in days at NIU in DeKalb. Students, parents, staff and volunteer helpers were required to observe coronavirus safety precautions set out by the school including wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

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DeKALB - Northern Illinois University reported 20 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, as well as three more students who have recovered.

In total, there have been 77 total positive tests and six total recoveries. The school is using 54% of its quarantine and isolation space.

Currently, the school reports 69 positive students and two positive employees. Six total people have recovered. The university welcomed students back to campus Aug. 19 and classes began Aug. 24. Students living on campus were required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to move-in.

On Wednesday, the school also began surveillance testing. This week, the school will test 60 students a day, upping that number to 125 starting next week. Results will be released weekly on Mondays.

Surveillance testing will allow NIU to assess potential virus spread and outbreaks more quickly, to better mitigate community spread on campus.

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.

NIU staff are encouraged to get tested via state testing sites or their health care provider on their own. Students living off campus in Greek housing and otherwise also are not required to get tested, although anyone experiencing symptoms is asked to remain at home.

Students living on campus can pay a $7.90 per credit hour health fee to utilize nasal swab testing services at Northwestern Medicine Student Health Center in the Health Services Building on campus.

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