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Wastewater testing shows COVID-19 on the rise in Durango

May 13, 2022

Though many facets of life have returned to normal as the coronavirus pandemic has slowed, wastewater monitoring data shows COVID-19 continues to circulate.

Concentrations of COVID-19 in wastewater at the Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility in Durango have increased dramatically over the last few weeks as cases in Colorado have once again risen as omicron subvariants spread.

Though case rates remain low in La Plata and Archuleta counties, San Juan Basin Public Health expects cases and hospitalizations will increase in the coming weeks.

“Wastewater monitoring is the earliest indicator that we have. It’s first set of data,” said Megan Graham, spokeswoman for SJBPH. “Then from there it’s positivity rates, case incidence and then hospitalization and those all lag behind the wastewater data.”

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