Northwestern University this afternoon reported identifying 13 more COVID-19 cases in the past seven days affecting eight students, four staff and one faculty member.

That’s up from 11 cases reported the previous week.

The school school says that over the seven day period ending Wednesday that it conducted 5,109 tests for the disease and found 12 new positive cases for a positive rate of 0.23%.

NU says it has conducted a total of 29,939 tests in the last 50 days.

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 13 cases during the past week, or a rate of 4.33 case per 10,000 population

Evanston during the same period had 60 cases among its 75,000 residents, or a rate of 8.0 cases per 10,000 population.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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