Greater Boston Wastewater COVID Levels Reach New Highs


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A record-setting surge of COVID-19 in Massachusetts shows no signs of letting up, according to Greater Boston's wastewater. The sewage treated by the MWRA has been tracked since the start of the pandemic by Biobot Analytics of Cambridge, and has been treated as an indicator of sorts to see where each wave of the pandemic is going.

The company's researchers started to notice a new uptick starting in late October. Earlier in December, the data showed a spike as high as last winter's, and it's only gone up since then.

The state's numbers have borne out the early data, with Massachusetts reporting new single-day case count records on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and the state reporting more than 10,000 COVID cases Friday evening.

The 7-day average was 2,500 RNA copies of COVID per milliliter in the system as of Wednesday, the most recent day data was available, but the single-day copies were vastly higher, between 4,500 and 5,000. Last winter, the peak was around 1,500 RNA copies per milliliter.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports:

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