IN PICTURES: Inside NIU’s COVID wastewater screening lab


Sean Reed

A close view of a completed panel of samples being tested in the COVID-19 wastewater screening lab at NIU. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

By Sean Reed, Photo Editor

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University students and faculty have not been required to regularly screen for COVID-19 since the 2021-22 academic year, in favor of testing when symptomatic. In the absence of SHIELD testing, NIU has implemented a new way of monitoring the virus across campus through wastewater.

Read more about NIU’s COVID-19 monitoring efforts in this photo gallery’s accompanying reporting in the Northern Star’s “Wastewater screening indicates campus COVID-19 levels.”