Wastewater samples in Missouri find the first increase in COVID-19 cases in months
Wastewater samples in Missouri find the first increase in COVID-19 cases in months

Wastewater samples in Missouri find the first increase in COVID-19 cases in months

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – As COVID-19 testing declines, it is difficult to know exactly how much societal proliferation is taking place. This is where the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) comes in.

“Not everyone gets a test, but everyone uses the toilet,” said Bess McCoy, a spokeswoman for MSD.

Since early in the pandemic, MSD has been testing the wastewater from their more than 1.3 million customers in St. Louis. Louis area. Every 30 minutes a sample of the untreated wastewater is taken and once a week this data is sent to the state.

Recent data show an increase in COVID-19 particles in wastewater.

“It’s the first time in several months since we’ve seen any kind of increase like this, and usually wastewater data is a leading indicator, so we’ll probably see an increase here before we see an increase in test results,” McCoy explained.

The state will on Monday know what the dominant tribe is in the region.

Dr. Alex Garza with St. The Louis Pandemic Task Force says the new data is not surprising.

“This follows the increase in cases in the region that are likely to undergo infections due to home testing or non-testing. More importantly, we have not seen a significant increase in serious illness and hospitalization, which is good news,” said Dr. Garza.

The data collected by MSD show that the two highest peaks were the peak in November 2020 and the Omicron wave in January 2022.

“We are likely to see cases rise and fall in the future, but the likelihood of large fluctuations in admissions is lower due to the immunity built up in the population,” Garza said.

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