“Wastewater data reveals potential rise in Covid cases across California”
New data from WastewaterSCAN has shed light on a potential increase in Covid cases across California. The data shows that Covid levels are slowly rising, signaling a possible surge in infections. Among the regions in California, San Francisco has experienced the state’s highest spike in Covid cases during the summer, surpassing other areas.
The rise in Covid cases in San Francisco is believed to be driven by the “XBB” variant, also known as “Arcturus.” This variant was first detected in the city’s wastewater in January and has since been identified as a major contributor to the increase in cases. Additionally, wastewater monitoring has revealed spikes in Covid cases in other areas of California, including Los Angeles County, Palo Alto, San Bernardino, and Riverside.
Although Covid levels are increasing, they still remain lower than the rates seen during the winter flu season. It is worth noting that not all counties in California participate in wastewater monitoring for Covid and other pathogens. This limited participation may hinder the comprehensive understanding of the virus’s spread across the state.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that an uptick in Covid cases during the summer is not surprising, as previous summers have also seen increases. In response to these findings, the San Francisco Department of Public Health is emphasizing the importance of vaccinations, testing kits, mask usage, and knowing how to access medical care. These measures are essential for San Franciscans to stay safe amid the rising cases.
To provide a broader perspective, charts from WastewaterSCAN have been released, giving an overview of Covid trends in various counties in California. The data includes information from counties such as Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Marin, Merced, Riverside, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz.
Given the dynamic nature of the pandemic, it is crucial for Californians to stay updated on the latest Covid guidelines and precautions. This knowledge will help mitigate the spread of the virus and safeguard public health.