COVID-19 cases reported at Northwestern University fell to 47 this week from 81 last week, the week that students returned from spring break.

The cases this week affected 35 undergraduate students, seven other students and five staff members. No faculty were diagnosed with the disease during the week.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 13,263 tests for the disease, up from 9,845 in the previous period. The positive rate this week was 0.36% compared to 0.76% the week before.

NU says it has conducted a total of 211,763 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 15.3 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 26.3 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 109 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 14.5 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 15.2 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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