COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University increased to 37 this week.

That compares to 24 in the week ending Jan. 21.

The cases this week affected three undergraduate students, 28 other students and six staff members. No faculty members were reported to have tested positive for the disease this week.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 10,403 tests for the disease, up from 7,461 in the previous period. The positive rate this week was 0.35% compared to 0.54% the week before.

NU says it has conducted a total of 105,759 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 12.0 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 7.8 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 97 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 12.9 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 10.8 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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