Sask. wastewater studies show COVID-19 levels on the rise across province – CBC

Researchers say Saskatoon had 4th-highest COVID numbers since study began

Sep 12, 2022

The latest COVID-19 wastewater studies from the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina show numbers are steadily climbing.

On Monday, the U of S study reported a 39.9 per cent in COVID positive samples in Saskatoon compared to the previous week. Meanwhile, Prince Albert saw an increase of 74.1 per cent and North Battleford saw an increase of 96.6 per cent.

Researchers said all three cities seem to be mirroring numbers seen in a previous COVID wave this spring.

In the latest weekly report, Saskatoon had its fourth highest COVID-19 numbers since the study began in 2020, while North Battleford and Prince Albert each saw their fifth highest.

The study takes samples taken from the cities’ wastewater treatment plants and tests for traces of COVID-19. After that, health researchers use the data to predict whether diagnosed cases of COVID-19 are expected to increase or decrease.

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