COVID-19 cases declined again this week at Northwestern University. The school reported 34 cases, compared to 50 the previous week. That’s a decline of 32%.

The cases this week affected six undergraduate students, 11 other students, 10 staff and seven faculty members.

It was the first week the school has split its count of student cases into the two subcategories.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 1,527 tests for the disease, down from 7,157 the previous period. With 28 new positive cases reported in NU’s tests, the positive rate was 1.83%, up from 0.87% in the previous period.

NU says it has conducted a total of 69,428 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 11.0 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 16.2 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 181 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 24.1 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 33.9 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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