(CNN)The federal government has taken clear steps toward a new phase of the Covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks: The Biden administration released the National Covid-19 Preparedness Plan, and new guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped masking recommendations for most of the country.
The CDC captures wastewater data for about 650 sewersheds, representing about a quarter of the US population. For most of those sites, the amount of virus detected has dropped over the past two weeks.
But for some, the amount of virus has spiked — up at least 1,000% compared with 15 days earlier.
For local leaders, an early warning sign such as this might prompt a renewed emphasis on prevention measures. But with the vast majority of the country now living in areas considered to have a low or medium “community level” of Covid-19, this surveillance data may conflict with what CDC guidelines suggest.
In June, wastewater surveillance in North Carolina detected elevated levels of the coronavirus in a local community. A news release went out, reminding residents to “stay vigilant” and encouraging continued mask use.
The surveillance most likely alerted officials about rising levels of infection days faster than more traditional measures like testing numbers.
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