After two weeks of decline, COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University increased to 40 this week from 29 last week.

The cases this week affected 30 undergraduate students, seven other students, two staff members and one faculty member.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 12,297 tests for the disease, down from 13,432 in the previous period. The positive rate this week was 0.23% compared to 0.20% the week before.

NU says it has conducted a total of 237m=,791 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 13.1 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 9.4 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 61 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 8.1 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 9.1 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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