COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University rose to 16 this week from 13 the previous week.

The cases this week affected four undergraduate students, eight other students and four staff members. No faculty were diagnosed with the disease during the week.

The school has been on spring break this week.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 8,364 tests for the disease, down from 12,618 in the previous period. The positive rate this week was 0.18% compared to 0.13% the week before.

NU says it has conducted a total of 188,432 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 5.2 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 4.2 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 48 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 6.4 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 4.9 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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