Northwestern University this afternoon reported identifying 11 more COVID-19 cases in the past seven days affecting seven students, two staff and two faculty members.

That’s down from 16 cases reported the previous week.

The school school says that over the seven day period ending Wednesday that it conducted 3,801 tests for the disease and found 10 new positive cases for a positive rate of 0.26%.

NU says it has conducted a total of 25,502 tests since Aug. 19.

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 11 cases during the past week, or a rate of 3.57 case per 10,000 population

Evanston during the same period had 40 cases among its 75,000 residents, or a rate of 5.33 cases per 10,000 population.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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