Stanford News: Stanford-based initiative WastewaterSCAN will monitor wastewater for COVID-19, monkeypox, influenza A, and RSV genetic markers to help guide public health responses

Stanford News: Stanford-based initiative WastewaterSCAN will monitor wastewater for COVID-19, monkeypox, influenza A, and RSV genetic markers to help guide public health responses. “Researchers at Stanford University and Emory University have launched a nationwide initiative to monitor monkeypox, COVID-19, and other infectious diseases in communities by measuring viral genetic material in wastewater. The effort will also provide health officials and the public with free, high-quality data, which is critical to informing public health decision making.”

ABC News: Rise in COVID-19 infections overseas may foreshadow increase in US, experts say

ABC News: Rise in COVID-19 infections overseas may foreshadow increase in US, experts say. “When the coronavirus receded across much of the globe last month and the omicron surge declined, many Americans were hopeful that was perhaps the signal that the United States was entering a new phase of the pandemic. However, new data indicators, domestically and internationally, suggest that the virus continues to spread.”

CDC wants to monitor poop: States aren’t all on board (Politico)

Politico: CDC wants to monitor poop: States aren’t all on board. “Probing poop can help public health officials more quickly identify and respond to clusters of Covid cases or other viruses. But lackluster participation leaves gaping holes in what public officials intend to be a comprehensive early warning system for infectious diseases, rendering the country vulnerable to the next Covid-19 variant or public health crisis, according to POLITICO interviews with state health officials and wastewater experts across 17 states.”

ABC News: CDC launches COVID-19 wastewater surveillance dashboard

ABC News: CDC launches COVID-19 wastewater surveillance dashboard. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a new dashboard Friday that tracks COVID-19 in wastewater samples across the country. The data comes from the federal agency’s National Wastewater Surveillance System, which connects more than 400 sites across 28 states and the District of Columbia.”

NBC News: Wastewater samples reveal record levels of Covid-19 across U.S.

NBC News: Wastewater samples reveal record levels of Covid-19 across U.S.. “With at-home Covid-19 tests in high demand and their efficacy in question, health departments from California to Massachusetts are turning to sewage samples to get a better idea of how much the coronavirus is spreading through communities and what might be in store for health care systems. Experts say wastewater holds the key to better understanding the public health of cities and neighborhoods, especially in underserved areas that do not have equal access to care.”

City of Chicago: CDPH, Discovery Partners Institute Announce Citywide System to Monitor COVID-19 in Wastewater

City of Chicago: CDPH, Discovery Partners Institute Announce Citywide System to Monitor COVID-19 in Wastewater. “The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced the citywide system to monitor the virus that causes COVID-19 and its variants in wastewater will continue for two years, leveraging $2.14 million in federal funding. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is detectable in human waste nearly from the onset of infection, while symptoms may not appear for three to five days – or for some, not at all.”

Local 10 News: ‘This is unprecedented’: Omicron causes 80% of coronavirus cases in Miami-Dade in 2 weeks

Local 10 News: ‘This is unprecedented’: Omicron causes 80% of coronavirus cases in Miami-Dade in 2 weeks. “The coronavirus’ omicron variant is rapidly replacing the delta variant, so public health officials at the federal and local levels are urging people to readopt preventive measures and get the booster shot. Dr. David Andrews, a University of Miami Health pathologist, reported omicron infected over 80% of the patients who recently tested positive for the coronavirus in Miami-Dade County. There was also evidence of omicron confirmed through wastewater epidemiology research.”

NBC Boston: COVID Level in Boston Area’s Wastewater Returns to Historic High

NBC Boston: COVID Level in Boston Area’s Wastewater Returns to Historic High. “As hospital beds in Massachusetts fill up, experts are trying to predict how bad the winter surge could be, and the state’s wastewater could hold the key. The Boston-area wastewater tracker is showing the highest level of the virus that has been seen so far this year, about as high as last winter’s spike reached.”