NIU uses a COVID-19 Dashboard for our Huskie community to track infection and testing data. The university only reports known positive cases using available data from our campus-administered surveillance testing program, self-reporting and notifications from the DeKalb County Health Department.
Beginning Monday, May 3, employees who are not vaccinated and work on campus in Housing and Residential Services, Campus Dining Services, the Child Development and Family Center, Human Resource Services and some employees in Holmes Student Center, as well as staff and students in some clinical service areas, are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing throughout the summer. During this same time period, students and faculty with in-person classes who are not vaccinated will also be required to participate in surveillance testing. Surveillance testing will also be available on a voluntary basis to any NIU student or employee who would like to be regularly tested.
Testing takes place Mondays and Thursdays, and the dashboard is updated every Monday, starting May 10.
NIU documented all reported student and employee COVID-19 cases beginning Wednesday, Aug. 19 with move-in through Friday, April 30, the last day of the academic year. Reported cases and recovery data included students and employees who were physically on campus, at a satellite location (Rockford, Lorado Taft, Naperville) or at an affiliate location where coursework occurred, within 14 days of testing positive. We also included students with a DeKalb address even if they weren’t on campus. The information was updated daily, Monday through Friday, except during university closures.
NIU began COVID-19 surveillance tests Wednesday, Sept. 2, as part of the university’s multi-pronged strategy to mitigate and monitor the spread of COVID-19. The following groups were included in testing: NIU Housing students; employees who work in residence halls; fully in-person class participants (students, faculty and instructors); Child Development and Family Center employees; student-athletes and select staff in athletics; and select Holmes Student Center and HR employees. Positive test results were reflected in the university’s daily, current statistical totals as the results were received.
The following provides a high-level of summary of the data.