COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University fell to 13 this week from 35 the previous week.

The cases this week affected nine undergraduate students and four other students. No staff or faculty were diagnosed with the disease during the week.

The school conducted Winter Quarter final exams starting Monday of this week.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 12,618 tests for the disease, down from 15,302 in the previous period. The positive rate this week was 0.13% compared to 0.20% the week before.

NU says it has conducted a total of 179,725 tests since Aug 20.

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 4.2 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 11.4 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 37 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 4.9 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 7.5 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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