Neptune Hall opens its doors to first responders amid COVID-19

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Neptune Residence Hall will be used to provide space for first responders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DeKALB — The university is offering rooms in Neptune Hall North to Northwestern Medicine employees and DeKalb County police, fire and EMT personnel who need a place to stay during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NIU President Lisa Freeman said the university is offering up the space because the pandemic has been particularly stressful for those fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines.

Information on how to make arrangements to stay at Neptune has been provided to local first responders and medical personnel, according to the email. Freeman wrote that the university stands “ready to support them in a way that is safe for all.”

Interim Police Chief John Petragallo said it’s comforting to know that Neptune Hall is available to first responders should the need arise.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for first responders,” Petragallo said. “We appreciate it very much. The hope is that it won’t be needed, but it’s comforting to know it’s available to us if the need exists.”

The university has also opened the Holmes Student Center hotel to provide alternative housing for those unable to self-quarantine.