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COVID cases fall at Northwestern

COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University fell to 33 this week compared to 52 the previous week.

The cases this week affected 26 undergraduate students, fixe other students, two staff members and no faculty members.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 10558 tests for the disease, up from 8,868 in the previous period. The positive rate this week was 0.37% compared to 0.45% the week before.

NU says it has conducted a total of 151,583 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 10.7 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 16.9 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 73 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 9.7 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 10.8 the previous week.

Northwestern recently imposed a modified quarantine at two dorms after an uptick in COVID cases and implemented a new rapid testing policy.

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