COVID-19 cases rose again this week at Northwestern University. The school reported 98 cases this week, compared to 63 the previous week. That’s an increase of nearly 56%.

The cases this week affected 47 students, 33 staff and 18 faculty members.

The school school says that over the seven day period ending Wednesday it conducted 7,817 tests for the disease, up from 5,658 the previous period. With 77 new positive cases reported in NU’s test the positive rate was 0.99%, down from 1.11% in the previous period.

NU says it has conducted a total of 60,658 tests since Aug 15.

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 31.8 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 20.5 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 249 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 33.2 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 23.6 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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