Sask. wastewater data shows BA.5 variant growing strain, except in Prince Albert – CBC

3 cities measured for COVID-19 in waste show less than average viral load

Aug 01, 2022

University of Saskatchewan researchers using wastewater to determine the breadth of COVID-19 in the community have found the Omicron subvariant BA.5 is becoming more prominent but isn’t quite the dominating strain of the virus in the province.

The latest report released from the research team Sunday said the total viral load remains “relatively low, which indicates a fairly constant level of infections in all three cities,” meaning includes Saskatoon, North Battleford and Prince Albert.

John Giesy, a lead researcher on the project, says the take-home message is everything is low. He also said that Delta is no longer being found in wastewater and has been replaced by Omicron.

Of the three cities, Prince Albert is the only city where the BA.5 subvariant is not becoming more pronounced in the COVID-19 landscape.

This most recent report found the subvariant comprised 45.9 per cent of known infections in Saskatoon and 48.1 per cent in North Battleford.

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