COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University fell to zero this week from nine last week.

The decline to the vanishing point follows an announcement by the school last week that its campus activity level had improved to “green” from the “yellow” level of the past several months, allowing an increase in in-person activities.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 10,846 tests for the disease, down from 11,181 in the previous period. It found just one case in that period, making the positive rate 0.01% compared to 0.07% the week before.

NU says it has conducted a total of 285,010 tests since Aug 20 and has had a total of 1,250 positive tests

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.

Evanston during the same period had 26 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 3.5 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 4.1 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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