Wastewater Testing Reveals Scale Of St. Paul’s COVID Spread

Aug 6, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some breakthrough research is underway in St. Paul that lets us know how fast COVID-19 is spreading — and it uses data from your bathroom to check for the virus.

On June 28, water samples showed under two cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the metro. That number steadily rose going to nearly 11 in just a few weeks.

WCCO found out about the unusual way scientists quickly gathered this research.

Whether or not, they’ve ever been here, every person in the Twin Cities has a connection to a St. Paul Met Council plant. It’s the St. Paul plant where wastewater goes for 1.9 million people.

But as of late, it’s a place that has a new purpose, and lifelong scientist Steve Balogh has a new purpose, too.

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