COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University fell to 28 this week.

That compares to 37 in the week ending Jan. 28.

The cases this week affected 16 undergraduate students, 11 other students and one staff member. No faculty members were reported to have tested positive for the disease for the second straight week.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 9,030 tests for the disease, down from 10,403 in the previous period. The positive rate this week was 0.27% compared to 0.35% the week before.

NU says it has conducted a total of 114,846 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 9.2 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 12.0 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 66 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 8.8 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 12.9 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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