Wastewater study shows COVID levels are up 150 per cent in Saskatoon – CBC

Viral load declined in North Battleford, Prince Albert

Dec 12, 2022

COVID-19 viral loads in wastewater are up in Saskatoon, Sask., but down in North Battleford and Prince Albert, the most recent data from the University of Saskatchewan shows.

Since the summer of 2020, a group of researchers from the U of S have analyzed wastewater samples from Saskatoon, North Battleford and Prince Albert in search of traces of the COVID-19 virus.

In Saskatoon, viral levels in wastewater climbed by almost 150 per cent in the reporting period up to Dec. 7, after three successive viral load decreases, according to the most recent data.

The viral load recently measured in Saskatoon wastewater is the 29th highest value observed during the pandemic.

The rise in viral RNA load indicates an increase of COVID-19 infections in Saskatoon, according to the university’s report.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/wastewater-covid-19-december-11-2022-1.6682334

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