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COVID cases at NU fall for a second week

COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University fell to 29 this week from 47 last week, continuing the recovery from a post-spring-break surge.

COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University fell to 29 this week from 47 last week, continuing the recovery from a post-spring-break surge.

The cases this week affected 20 undergraduate students, four other students and four staff members and one faculty member.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 13,432 tests for the disease, up from 13,263 in the previous period. The positive rate this week was 0.20% compared to 0.36% the week before.

NU says it has conducted a total of 225,232 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 9.4 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 15.3 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 68 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 9.1 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 14.5 the previous week.

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