Campus COVID-19 Dashboard

This dashboard reports positive COVID-19 test and recovery result data on students, faculty and staff who have physically been on campus, visited a satellite location (Rockford, Lorado Taft, Naperville) or an affiliate location where coursework occurs, within 14 days of testing positive. We also include those students with a DeKalb address. Faculty and staff data are grouped together as “employees” on the dashboard. This information is updated daily by 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. County level COVID-19 data is available on the DeKalb County Health Department website.

Faculty, staff and students are to complete the COVID-19 Checklist if diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, as this allows the university to provide support, initiate appropriate contact tracing and reduce the spread of the virus.

Surveillance Testing

NIU began COVID-19 surveillance tests Wednesday, Sept. 2 as part of NIU’s multi-pronged strategy to mitigate and monitor the spread of COVID-19. The following groups are 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 HR employees.

Weekly aggregate surveillance testing results are posted each Monday or on Tuesdays in the event a holiday falls on a Monday. Positive test results will also be reflected in the university’s daily, current statistical totals as the results are received.

Move-In (Gateway) Testing

Before being allowed to live in university housing for the spring semester, NIU students were required to take a COVID-19 PCR test on the day of their move in and then immediately quarantine until their results are received. 1329 tests were conducted and 20 students tested positive. The positivity rate for gateway testing was 1.5%.


The archived fall 2020 COVID dashboard is available.

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