Wastewater monitoring detects increase in COVID-19 in Indian community of Keweenaw Bay

BARAGA COUNTY, Michigan (WLUC) – As part of an ongoing statewide effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Indian community of Keweenaw Bay has partnered with local systems Wastewater Monitoring System to test wastewater samples for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in human stool.

Recent routine tests have shown an increasing trend for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the Indian community of Keweenaw Bay (KBIC). This upward trend may be an early indicator of the increase in COVID-19 cases in the community.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, can be detected in wastewater before an increase in positive clinical tests is seen in a community.

The virus can be excreted in human stool for weeks, including before a person becomes ill, while a person is sick, and in people who are not sick but are infected.

Since COVID-19 wastewater monitoring is still a new and evolving area of ​​study, it is more appropriate to monitor and observe trends of SARS-CoV-2 detected in wastewater, instead of focus on individual data points. This indicates that positive cases in the community may soon increase.

To view wastewater monitoring data, visit Michigan COVID-19 Wastewater Test Dashboard.

KBIC is using this new information, along with clinical case data, to make more informed decisions regarding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on this data, KBIC encourages people to stay home if they’re not feeling well and to get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the city. this affected community.

It is important that residents receive their COVID-19 vaccine and continue to use other preventive measures, such as frequent hand washing, social distancing, and wearing face masks in some settings, to help prevent transmission. of the virus in our community.

For more information on wastewater monitoring, visit Wastewater Monitoring Website for COVID-19. Information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national COVID-19 wastewater monitoring efforts can be found on the website National Wastewater Monitoring System website.

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