Several cities in Maine report COVID-19 wastewater levels among the country’s highest
Several cities in Maine report COVID-19 wastewater levels among the country’s highest

Several cities in Maine report COVID-19 wastewater levels among the country’s highest

Several major cities and towns in Maine experienced COVID-19 concentrations in wastewater, which were among the highest in the country in the past week, with most counties experiencing large increases.

The state’s top public health official warned last week that wastewater data showed that the virus was back on the rise here. Reported COVID-19 infections have also increased this week with the more contagious version of the omicron variant accounts for most new cases.

The concentration of the virus in wastewater at locations across Maine is still lower than when the state began testing wastewater regularly in late January, amid the first omicron rise, according to data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Biobot. However, the sharp rise in virus concentration in wastewater could indicate an increase in cases where Maine may not catch fully due to greater use of home testing.

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