Northwestern University this afternoon reported identifying two dozen more COVID-19 cases in the past week affecting 20 students, two faculty and two staff members.

That’s up from 19 cases reported the previous week.

The school school earlier this week reported conducting 4,255 tests for the disease in the seven-day period ending Tuesday with 15 positive cases and a positive rate of 0.35%

Other schools in the state vary widely in the extent to which they are conducting their own tests for the coronavirus and the amount of information they are disclosing.

The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, which has about two-and-a-half times as many students as Northwestern, reported conducting 59,043 tests in the last seven days — an order of magnitude more than Northwestern.

It reported 191 new cases — eight times more than Northwestern — and a positive test rate of 0.32% — slightly below that of Northwestern.

Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, with an enrollment slightly smaller than Northwestern, reported 42 new cases in the past week. But it only found five of those cases through its own testing of 385 students and had a positive test result rate of 1.3%

Illinois State University in Normal, with an enrollment about the same size as Northwestern, reported its testing found 30 positives in 931 tests, which indicates a positive test rate of 3.2%

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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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