BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Ahead of a string of important spring holidays, COVID cases and other metrics are rising in the Boston area. The latest available numbers from Tuesday evening showed 1,712 new COVID cases statewide, and the state's percent positivity rate is at 3.42%.
The state saw a case-count downturn in March, bottoming out at only 502 cases reported on March 15. Easter and Passover begin this weekend, and families are expected to gather together for the holidays.
Boston-area wastewater COVID levels are also rising, and have been since the beginning of last month. The Cambridge-based wastewater analysis lab BioBot has been looking at COVID levels in the area's wastewater as a predictive tool since early in the pandemic. The levels are usually indicative of an upcoming surge or drop in cases.
There is some reason to suggest that the growing wave won't necessarily be as bad as the Omicron wave, though there's no way to predict it for sure. Doctor Paul Sax of Brigham and Women's hospital told WBZ-TV on Wednesday that the slope of the wastewater level increase is not as steep as it was in the Omicron wave this past winter.