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A nurse wears a sticker reading "stop corona" at the infection station of the university hospital in Essen, Germany, Thursday. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.

DeKALB — COVID-19 concerns have caused the administration to extend NIU's spring break through March 22.

NIU faculty will create alternative ways to teach courses to replace face-to-face instruction. Modified courses will begin on Monday, March 23 and end Saturday, April 4, according to an email sent to students, faculty and staff by NIU President Lisa Freeman. 

According to the email the university aims to resume to face-to-face instruction Monday, April 6.

All faculty and staff will continue their regular work schedules.

Residence and dining halls and campus will remain open. Students have the option of staying on campus. Facilities including housing, dining, library and recreation will also be available to students but will have modified hours.

The university has no further comment at this time, Tom Parisi, editorial associate for the Office of Institutional Communications, said in an email.

Visit the NIU COVID-19 website and regularly check NIU emails for more information.

The Northern Star will continue to update as more information is made available.

Editor's note: The original version of this story was published alongside an image that displayed a rendering of a virus and a person of Asian ethnicity in the background. Such an image perpetuates the racist narrative that people of Asian ethnicity are carriers of COVID-19. The Northern Star apologizes for the insensitive error and any harm we have caused our readers.

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