At NIU, we value and appreciate that every Huskie contributes different experiences, perspectives and beliefs to our community. Simultaneously, we must acknowledge that the seriousness of this pandemic, especially with the prevalence of the highly transmissible Delta variant, poses a threat to the health and well-being of many. Huskies are called to come together and unite in our effort to protect one another. In this extraordinary time, being a Huskie means committing to the following:
As of July 28, 2021, Huskies, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, will wear face masks over the nose and mouth and secured under the chin whenever indoors (unless alone in a private office, workspace or residence hall room) or outdoors when physical distancing cannot be achieved.
Huskies who are not vaccinated should maintain 6 feet of distance from others and avoid gathering in large groups.
Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.
Notify the university and follow instructed guidelines in the event of testing positive, being exposed or experiencing symptoms.
Huskies will wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) if a hand washing station isn’t available.
While getting a flu (influenza) vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, it will reduce your risk from flu and help conserve potentially scarce health care resources. Additionally, some research suggests that influenza and COVID-19 co-infections can result in more severe disease in high-risk patients.
We all benefit from acknowledging that this is a stressful time period and that the impacts of COVID-19 on each Huskie are unique and could be significant. By continuing to support one another and holding firm to NIU’s values, our community will be strengthened and sustained.