COVID-19 cases declined again this week at Northwestern University. The school reported 18 cases, compared to 34 the previous week. That’s a decline of 47%.

The cases this week affected two undergraduate students, six other students and 10 staff members.

With classes over and all exams being taken remotely, there were no reports of NU faculty members being diagnosed with the coronavirus disease in the period ending Dec. 10.

The school says that over the seven-day period ending Wednesday it conducted 2,482 tests for the disease, up from 1,527 in the previous period. With 21 new positive cases reported in NU’s tests, the positive rate was 0.85%, down from 1.83% in the previous period.

NU says it has conducted a total of 71,754 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 5.8 cases per 10,000 population in the most recent period, compared to a rate of 11.0 the previous week.

Evanston during the same period had 174 cases among its 75,000 residents, or 23.2 cases per 10,000 population, compared to a rate of 24.1 the previous week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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