COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University increased to 53 this week from 40 last week.
The cases this week affected 45 undergraduate students, four other students and four staff members, but no faculty members.
The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 12,761 tests for the disease, up from 12,297 in the previous period. The positive rate this week was 0.46% compared to 0.23% the week before.
NU says it has conducted a total of 250,592 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 17.2 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 13.1 the previous week.
Evanston during the same period had 91 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 12.1 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 8.1 the previous week.