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COVID-19 Dashboard

Campus Activity Level

The current activity level is Yellow.

Learn more about our activity levels.

Testing

Northwestern requires COVID-19 testing for all students upon their return to campus, and ongoing testing for students, faculty and staff will be conducted throughout Spring Quarter.

Testing data is reported on this page twice a week. These figures represent Northwestern University students, staff and faculty. Data is provided by Northwestern testing vendors and is sourced from Picture/Fulgent Genetics (at-home asymptomatic testing), Tempus (asymptomatic testing), Color (asymptomatic testing), Abbott BinaxNOW (asymptomatic rapid testing), MyNM/EPIC (symptomatic testing) and Abbott ID Now (symptomatic testing).

Read about the University's testing protocols.

0.09%
Positivity Rate
last 7 days (5/3-5/9)
10
New Positives
last 7 days (5/3-5/9)
11,468
Total Tests Received
last 7 days (5/3-5/9)
0.33
Day Avg Test Turnaround
last 7 days (5/3-5/9)
269,613
Cumulative Tests
since August 20
1,247
Cumulative Positive Tests
since August 20

Confirmed Cases

The confirmed cases chart will be updated Fridays by 1 p.m. Our goal is to be open and transparent, which we believe is essential to help stop the spread of the virus.

Read about how the University handles positive COVID-19 cases.

Bar chart values for confirmed COVID-19 cases; April 30-May 6, 2021: Faculty 0, Staff 2, Non-Undergrad Students 2, Undergrad Students 14; April 23-April 29, 2021: Faculty 0, Staff 4, Non-Undergrad Students 4, Undergrad Students 45; April 16-April 22, 2021: Faculty 1, Staff 2, Non-Undergrad Students 7, Undergrad Students 30; April 9-April 15, 2021: Faculty 1, Staff 4, Non-Undergrad Students 4, Undergrad Students 20; April 2-April 8, 2021: Faculty 0, Staff 5, Non-Undergrad Students 7, Undergrad Students 35; March 26-April 1, 2021: Faculty 0, Staff 9, Non-Undergrad Students 7, Undergrad Students 65; March 19-March 25, 2021: Faculty 0, Staff 4, Non-Undergrad Students 8, Undergrad Students 4; March 12-March 18, 2021: Faculty 0, Staff 0, Non-Undergrad Students 4, Undergrad Students 9; March 5-March 11, 2021: Faculty 0, Staff 1, Non-Undergrad Students 3, Undergrad Students 31; Feb 26-March 4, 2021: Faculty 0, Staff 2, Non-Undergrad Students 5, Undergrad Students 26; Feb 19-Feb 25, 2021: Faculty 0, Staff 2, Non-Undergrad Students 6, Undergrad Students 44; Feb 12-Feb 18, 2021: Faculty 0, Staff 3, Non-Undergrad Students 10, Undergrad Students 33; Feb 5-Feb 11, 2021: Faculty 2, Staff 3, Non-Undergrad Students 1, Undergrad Students 19; Jan 29-Feb 4, 2021: Faculty 0, Staff 1, Non-Undergrad Students 11, Undergrad Students 16; Jan 22-28, 2021: Faculty 0, Staff 6, Non-Undergrad Students 28, Undergrad Students 3; Jan 15-21, 2021: Faculty 3, Staff 2, Non-Undergrad Students 9, Undergrad Students 10; Jan 8-14, 2021: Faculty 1, Staff 7, Non-Undergrad Students 11, Undergrad Students 32; Jan 1-7, 2021: Faculty 4, Staff 7, Non-Undergrad Students 24, Undergrad Students 6; Dec 25-31, 2020: Faculty 3, Staff 5, Non-Undergrad Students 5, Undergrad Students 4; Dec 18-24, 2020: Faculty 4, Staff 7, Non-Undergrad Students 21, Undergrad Students 3; Dec 11-17, 2020: Faculty 0, Staff 8, Non-Undergrad Students 7, Undergrad Students 2; Dec 4-10, 2020: Faculty 0, Staff 10, Non-Undergrad Students 6, Undergrad Students 2; Nov 27-Dec 3, 2020: Faculty 7, Staff 10, Non-Undergrad Students 11, Undergrad Students 6; Nov 20-26, 2020: Faculty 5, Staff 13, Students 32; Nov 13-19, 2020: Faculty 18, Staff 33, Students 47; Nov 6-Nov 12, 2020: Faculty 9, Staff 18, Students 36; Oct 30-Nov 5, 2020: Faculty 9, Staff 11, Students 27; Oct 23-29, 2020: Faculty 6, Staff 10, Students 42; Oct 16-22, 2020: Faculty 6, Staff 5, Students 28; Oct 9-15, 2020: Faculty 1, Staff 4, Students 8; Oct 2-8, 2020: Faculty 2, Staff 2, Students 7; Sep 25-Oct 1, 2020: Faculty 0, Staff 2, Students 14; Sept 18-24, 2020: Faculty 0, Staff 2, Students 12; Sep 11-17, 2020: Faculty 2, Staff 2, Students 20; Sept 4-10, 2020: Faculty 1, Staff 2, Students 16; Aug 28-Sept 3, 2020: Faculty 0, Staff 0, Students 14; Aug 21-Aug 27, 2020: Faculty 0, Staff 1, Students 3;

Weekly Tests

Positivity rates are calculated based on total tests taken. An individual may take more than one test.

Bar chart values for weekly tests and positivity rates; April 30-May 6, 2021: Total Tests 12122, Positivity Rate 0.14%; April 23-April 29, 2021: Total Tests 13623, Positivity Rate 0.38%; April 16-April 22, 2021: Total Tests 11499, Positivity Rate 0.33%; April 9-April 15, 2021: Total Tests 13250, Positivity Rate 0.19%; April 2-April 8, 2021: Total Tests 13226, Positivity Rate 0.33%; March 26-April 1, 2021: Total Tests 11156, Positivity Rate 0.67%; March 19-March 25, 2021: Total Tests 6917, Positivity Rate 0.23%; March 12-March 18, 2021: Total Tests 11690, Positivity Rate 0.11%; March 5-March 11, 2021: Total Tests 15680, Positivity Rate 0.22%; Feb 26-March 4, 2021: Total Tests 11155, Positivity Rate 0.28%; Feb 19-Feb 25, 2021: Total Tests 11282, Positivity Rate 0.44%; Feb 12-Feb 18, 2021: Total Tests 5140, Positivity Rate 0.86%; Feb 5-Feb 11, 2021: Total Tests 8143, Positivity Rate 0.28%; Jan 29-Feb 4, 2021: Total Tests 9913, Positivity Rate 0.28%; Jan 22-28, 2021: Total Tests 8820, Positivity Rate 0.41%; Jan 15-21, 2021: Total Tests 9043, Positivity Rate 0.27%; Jan 8-14, 2021: Total Tests 9833, Positivity Rate 0.51%; Jan 1-7, 2021: Total Tests 3624, Positivity Rate 1.1%; Dec 25-31, 2020: Total Tests 200, Positivity Rate 7%; Dec 18-24, 2020: Total Tests 1363, Positivity Rate 2.49%; Dec 11-17, 2020: Total Tests 2061, Positivity Rate 0.82%; Dec 4-10, 2020: Total Tests 2388, Positivity Rate 0.75%; Nov 27-Dec 3, 2020: Total Tests 1781, Positivity Rate 1.85%; Nov 20-26, 2020: Total Tests 5955, Positivity Rate 0.84%;

Regional Data

About the Dashboard

  • The Average Test Turnaround metric is a measure of the average time from when a sample is received at the testing facility to when the result of the test was available.
  • Confirmed case counts September 11, 2020 or later are based on data from Northwestern’s various testing vendors. It includes Northwestern University students, staff and faculty and does not include self-reported cases. This data may include the same individuals under more than one category if they have multiple university roles. 
  • Confirmed case counts in the bar chart above before September 11, 2020 include Northwestern students, faculty and staff (including on-campus contractors) who had known, confirmed cases of COVID-19 and who could have presented a risk of exposure to other members of the University community. These figures include both self-reported cases and positive test results from Northwestern University Health Services.
  • If you were identified as someone who has been in contact with, or in close proximity to, any individual who has tested positive for the virus, you will be notified.