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COVID cases at NU nearly doubled this week

COVID-19 cases at Northwestern University reached their second highest weekly total of winter quarter this week following two weeks of declines.

COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University rose to 46 this week compared to 25 the previous week.

The cases this week affected 33 undergraduate students, 10 other students, three staff members and no faculty members.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 6,262 tests for the disease, down from 9,378 in the previous period. The positive rate this week was 0.73% compared to 0.31% the week before.

NU says it has conducted a total of 130,581 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 14.9 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 8.1 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 12.1 the previous week.

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