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Wastewater COVID-19 levels falling across Minnesota

Jun 17, 2022
https://www.startribune.com/wastewater-covid-19-levels-falling-across-minnesota/600183040/

Declines match patterns of summers in 2020 and 2021, but will Independence Day mark another turning point in 2022? 
By  Star Tribune
 
JUNE 17, 2022 — 3:54PM

Coronavirus levels in sewage samples have declined over the past week across Minnesota, including at the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant in St. Paul, where the viral load dropped 12%.

Friday's wastewater data reflect the third straight summertime drop in COVID-19 activity as Minnesotans spend more time outdoors where viral transmission risks are lower. Viral levels declined in all six reporting regions this week, based on sewage sampling at 40 additional treatment plants accounting for 67% of the state's population, according to the University of Minnesota.

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