COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University rose to 52 this week compared to 46 the previous week.

The cases this week affected 44 undergraduate students, six other students, two staff members and no faculty members.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 8,868 tests for the disease, up from 6,262 in the previous period. The positive rate this week was 0.45% compared to 0.73% the week before.

NU says it has conducted a total of 141,007 tests since Aug 20.

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 16.9 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 14.9 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 81 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 10.8 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 9.1 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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