COVID-19 cases fell this week at Northwestern University. The school reported 47 cases this week, compared to 58 the previous week.

The cases this week affected 27 students, 11 staff and nine faculty members.

The school school says that over the seven day period ending Wednesday it conducted 5,659 tests for the disease, up from 4,934 in the previous period and found 37 new positive cases for a positive rate of 0.65%, down from 1.07% in the previous period.

NU says it has conducted a total of 46,830 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 15.3 case per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 18.8 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 151 cases among its 75,000 residents had 20.1 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 14.7 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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