The Boston-area COVID-19 wastewater tracker shows that virus indicators continue to climb, while coronavirus case counts jumped again over the weekend.
The wastewater data in both the south and north of Boston regions hit lows at the start of March. Now, the average levels in both regions are about quadruple those low marks. The sewage data is the earliest sign of future virus cases in the community.
The south of Boston’s COVID wastewater average has increased from the very low level of 92 copies per milliliter to now 414. The north of Boston’s average has gone up from 101 copies to now 397. The wastewater levels are still far below the omicron peak.
Meanwhile, the state Department of Public Health reported a daily average of 1,333 COVID cases over the weekend, which was up 38% from the daily rate of 963 infections over the previous weekend. For comparison, the omicron variant peak weekend was 20,329 daily cases in early January.