Prevention and Mitigation

As Huskies, we are stronger when we work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Because COVID-19 is highly transmissible and can be spread by people who do not know they have the disease, risk of transmission can be difficult to determine. It's important to follow healthy hygiene practices, stay at home when you are sick and wear masks indoors. 

Testing When You Feel Sick

Note: These guidelines also apply to those who are fully vaccinated.

Students

If you are not feeling well (this includes minor symptoms, such as the common cold) or think you might have COVID-19 or suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, please do the following:

  • Immediately stay home and self-quarantine to not expose others.*
  • Please complete the self-reporting checklist using your NIU credentials.
  • Call the Northwestern Medicine Student Health Center at NIU (815-306-2777) to schedule a telemedicine appointment if you would like to seek care from a medical provider or be advised on where to take a COVID-19 PCR test. Please do not come to the Health Center without an appointment at this time.
  • If you are instructed to or wish to take a COVID-19 PCR test off campus, please see the Illinois community based testing site for a list of local and regional options. If you do not have insurance to get tested or are experiencing other barriers (i.e., no transportation), testing can be arranged through the DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD). When you go to take the test, it’s important that you use your local NIU address.  Please update the self-reporting checklist with your results. 

Employees

If you are not feeling well (this includes minor symptoms, such as the common cold) or think you might have COVID-19 or suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, please do the following:

  • Immediately stay home and self-quarantine to not expose others.*
  • Please complete the self-reporting checklist using your NIU credentials.
  • Please seek care from your personal medical care provider. 
  • If you are instructed to or wish to take a COVID-19 PCR test off campus, please see the Illinois community based testing site for a list of options in the community. If you do not have insurance to get tested or are experiencing other barriers (i.e., no transportation), testing can be arranged through the DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) or your local county’s health department. Please update the self-reporting checklist with your results.

*If you have been exposed to the virus (but not experiencing symptoms) and are fully vaccinated, you do not need to self-quarantine but should monitor for symptoms and take a COVID-19 test within 4-5 days.


If You Test Positive for COVID-19

Note: These guidelines also apply to those who are fully vaccinated.

Students

  • Immediately begin to self-isolate and call the Northwestern Medicine Student Health Center on campus should you need medical care. Please do not go to the Health Center without an appointment first.
  • Complete the NIU COVID-19 Screening Checklist using your NIU credentials.
  • Students who live in the residence halls will be contacted with information on where they will need to self-isolate. Those who live off-campus should not come to campus until they are cleared to return.
  • NIU will contact your professors for any in-person classes to make them aware so that they can help you be successful with your coursework. You should reach out to them as well.

Employees

  • Immediately begin to self-isolate. Stay home and do not come to campus.
  • Complete the NIU COVID-19 Screening Checklist using your NIU credentials.
  • Seek care from your personal medical care provider. 
  • Return to your campus job only after you have been cleared by your health care provider and Human Resource Services.
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