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Health experts predict rise in COVID-19 cases following Labor Day holiday

Sep 4, 2023

TAMPA, Fla. — Health officials believe COVID-19 spread is likely following the Labor Day holiday weekend.

“All indications are that it’s going up,” said virologist and USF Health associate professor Dr. Michael Teng.

Experts said the problem is we just don’t have enough surveillance right now to know exactly how many cases are rising since people either aren’t testing for COVID-19 or they’re doing it at home and not reporting it.

“What we’re seeing from the surveillance systems that we do have is that wastewater surveillance is going up,” said Dr. Teng.

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