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COVID-19 wastewater data signals potential viral plateau after weeks of declines

Aug 24, 2022

The number of U.S. wastewater sites reporting increases in the presence of COVID-19 in their samples appears to be plateauing after a significant decline in recent weeks.

Federal data shows that about 44% of wastewater sites, which are currently providing data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have reported an increase in the presence of the COVID-19 virus in their wastewater over the last 15 days, up slightly from the 40% of sites reporting increases one week ago.

Several sites across the Midwest and New York area, in particular, appear to be seeing increases, according to the data. However, it is important to note that data is unavailable for many areas of the country, particularly across much of the South and the West.

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