COVID-19 cases rose this week at Northwestern University. The school reported 63 cases this week, compared to 47 the previous week.

The cases this week affected 36 students, 18 staff and nine faculty members.

The school school says that over the seven day period ending Wednesday it conducted 5,658 tests for the disease, almost unchanged from the previous period. With 63 new positive cases the positive rate was 1.11%, up from 0.65% in the previous period.

NU says it has conducted a total of 52,926 tests since Aug 15.

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 20.4 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 15.3 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 177 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 22.8 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 20.1 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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