COVID-19 cases have nearly quadrupled in Evanston since the seven-day rolling average hit a low of eight per day at the end of last month.

As of the latest report from the city’s health department on Monday, the seven-day average stood at just over 32 cases per day.

But cases are still far below the peak of nearly 128 a day reached during the Omicron variant surge in January.

And it’s been more than two months since the last COVID-19 death among Evanston residents, recorded on Feb. 10.

New cases among staff at Evanston/Skokie School District 65 have been on the rise recently, with 10 new cases reported in Tuesday’s biweekly report, up from no new cases on Tuesday two weeks ago.

New student cases at District 65 have also been trending upward, to 26 in Tuesday’s report, from 20 two weeks earlier.

Cases among staff at Evanston Township High School have also been increasing, to nine in Monday weekly report from four in the report two weeks earlier.

Student cases at the high school have declined slightly, to 10 on Monday from 12 two weeks earlier.

Cases at Northwestern University increased in the latest report, issued last Friday, to 257 among students from 134 two weeks earlier and to 47 among faculty and staff from 26 two weeks before.

Jon Yates, a university spokesperson said the school is continuing to monitor COVID-19 trends carefully, in consultation with local health officials and our own medical experts.

“At this time,” Yates says, “We do not plan any changes to our masking or testing requirements, or other targeted mitigation strategies, but remain flexible to enact measures if necessary.”

“While masking is not required in most spaces,” he added, “the University continues to strongly recommend masking in areas where distancing is not possible.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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