Students and professors at Northwestern University will still have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 this fall, even though Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has ended the statewide shot mandate for colleges and universities.

Earlier this week, Pritzker announced that the state will “carefully unwind” some COVID mitigation policies, although each university can set its own rules.

NU spokesperson Jon Yates tells Evanston Now that “Northwestern has already made the decision to require vaccinations for faculty, staff, and students for the upcoming academic year.”

However, as it’s been throughout the entire two-and-a-half-year pandemic, changes are always possible.

Yates adds that NU “will continue to adapt our own policies and protocols following the advice of public health and our own medical experts.”

Northwestern’s most recent COVID dashboard shows 96 newly reported positive cases, for the week of July 8-14.

That’s the lowest total in at least six weeks.

Only two of the most recent new cases are undergraduate students. That number is likely so low because most undergrads are on summer vacation and not on campus.

The rest of the new cases are staff (46), non-undergraduate students (37), and faculty (11).

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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