COVID-19 cases remained low this week at Northwestern University. The school reported 17 cases, compared to 18 the previous week.

The cases this week affected two undergraduate students, seven other students and eight staff members.

With classes and exams over for the quarter, there were no reports of NU faculty members being diagnosed with the coronavirus disease in the period ending Dec. 17.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 1,929 tests for the disease, down from 2,482 in the previous period. With 13 new positive cases reported in NU’s tests, the positive rate was 0.67%, down from 0.85% in the previous period.

NU says it has conducted a total of 73,676 tests since Aug 15.

The COVID cases reported by the university are included in the City of Evanston’s case counts if, and only if, the person involved lives in Evanston.

To look at the data another way, NU, with about 30,800 students, faculty and staff, had 5.5 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 5.8 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 229 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 30.5 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 23.2 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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