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All clear? Huskies encouraged to screen for COVID-19 with special app

August 17, 2020

If you’re coming to campus at NIU this fall, be sure you’re #CampusClear.

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As part of NIU’s Protecting the Pack plan for Fall 2020, students and employees on campus are asked to self-monitor by submitting daily wellness checks for COVID-19 through a special app. Developed by and Creighton University, #CampusClear is a one-question daily self-survey that takes 10 seconds to complete.

“One of the most important ways to keep our university community healthy is daily self-reporting of symptoms along with immediate instructions on what to do if you do not feel well,” said Matt Streb, NIU Chief of Staff to the president. “#CampusClear does exactly that.”

NIU Communication Professor David Gunkel, whose research focuses on information and communication technology, was instrumental in the selection of #CampusClear.

“#CampusClear, which is free to download and use, is a new and powerful self-monitoring tool that can help contribute to the protection of ourselves and our campus community,” Gunkel said.  

The #CampusClear app allows users to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and provides users with next steps based upon the information they provide.

Each weekday morning, students and employees will be sent a reminder to report whether they have symptoms or have been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19.

The app will either present a campus “Good to Go” if the user has no symptoms or provide next steps that need to be taken. The “Good to Go” serves as a green light for students and employees to come to campus and an “all clear” for students living on campus to leave their rooms.

The app can be downloaded on both iOS (Apple) and Android mobile devices and used online. More information, including a guide on how to download and use the app can be found on NIU’s Self-monitoring page, as well as a #CampusClear FAQ page.

“We strongly encourage everyone download the app, check in daily and answer honestly to help protect their health, as well as the health of fellow Huskies,” Streb said.

Those who do not receive a “Good to Go” through the app are asked to follow NIU’s self-reporting steps. Students, faculty and staff must call the COVID-19 helpline (815-753-0444) and if necessary, self-quarantine or self-isolate.

Faculty, staff, and students also are encouraged to regularly check  the Protecting the Pack website for the most up-to-date information on protocols and guidelines related to COVID-19.