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: 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.”

MI Newswire: MDHHS releases COVID-19 wastewater monitoring dashboard

MI Newswire: MDHHS releases COVID-19 wastewater monitoring dashboard. “The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has released a new data dashboard on the MDHHS COVID-19 Wastewater website to display COVID-19 wastewater monitoring data from the Sentinel Wastewater Epidemiology Evaluation Project (SWEEP). SWEEP provides a detailed, weekly analysis and interpretation of wastewater data from a subset of existing COVID-19 wastewater monitoring sites in Michigan.”

Australia Associated Press: Flight wastewater detects COVID-19 early

Australia Associated Press: Flight wastewater detects COVID-19 early. “Analysing wastewater samples from long-haul flights of returning Australians could be the key to detecting COVID-19 earlier – before passengers show any symptoms. A CSIRO study of wastewater from Australian repatriation flights returning from hot spots is the first time researchers have matched the plane wastewater testing with follow-up clinical data studies of passengers in quarantine.”

Newswise: Cannabis use rises during Australian COVID lockdown but less meth on the streets

Newswise: Cannabis use rises during Australian COVID lockdown but less meth on the streets. “Wastewater samples taken during 2020 show that methamphetamine (ice) use plunged in Australia during the first COVID-19 lockdown while cannabis use spiked, according to a new study led by the University of South Australia. Western Australia recorded the largest drop in ice loads, falling more than 50 per cent between April and June 2020, attributed to border closures restricting imports of the popular drug. Cannabis is largely produced locally so national supplies were still plentiful, and wastewater samples reflected this, with all states except the Northern Territory showing large increases in cannabis use.”