COVID-19 Update: Increase in Positive Cases and Steps to Protect the Pack
April 21, 2021


As we near the end of the spring semester, we are seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases among our student population. We are strongly advising all students to take the following steps if you live in NIU Housing or are off campus in the DeKalb area.

Consider returning to your permanent residence and:

  • Leave DeKalb this week and take your finals remotely.
  • If you live on campus, follow the instructions you received from Housing and Residential Services, and schedule a checkout time in the next few days.
  • We strongly recommend taking a SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 test before you leave. This will help you protect yourself and your home community. As a reminder, the testing center in the Holmes Student Center (HSC) is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday, and you should receive your results within 24 hours. You should proceed home only once you’ve received a negative test result.
  • Limit all nonessential contact with others, avoid gatherings and wear a mask.

If you cannot leave until next week, we recommend the following:

  • Quarantine and only leave your residence for essential reasons (attending in-person classes, picking up groceries or medicine, visiting a doctor, working, etc.)
  • Take a SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 test before you leave for home. The testing center in the HSC is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 26 through Wednesday, April 28. You should receive your results within 24 hours.

If you have symptoms or have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, it’s important that you complete the Protecting the Pack Checklist as soon as possible. Please call the Student Health Center for a telemedicine appointment and COVID-19 test at 815-306-2777. The surveillance testing site in the Holmes Student Center is only for asymptomatic students and employees – those who have not been exposed and are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

If you have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine yet, you are strongly encouraged to do so.

Please continue to be proactive and vigilant in your efforts to protect yourself and your fellow Huskies.

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