Static COVID-19 levels in Prince Albert according to sewage report

Graphic courtesy HFCM Communicatie, via Wikimedia This is a representation of what the Covid-19 virus would look like under a powerful microscope.

The USask Global Institute for Water Security wastewater survey for Prince Albert shows that the viral RNA load of COVID-19 in Prince Albert remained unchanged as it showed only a slight increase of 2 .5%.

The number is based on the averages of three individual daily measurements during this reporting period through October 31, which are then compared to the weekly average for the previous week.

This week’s viral load of approximately 106,000 gene copies/100 m is static from last week’s value, indicating that SARS-CoV-2 infections in Prince Albert have remained at the same level .

The viral load is the first increase after five consecutive declines, indicating that the SARS-CoV-2 infection in Prince Albert is not over and needs to be monitored.

This concentration of virus particles is considered “average” because it is below a ten-week average of approximately 215,000 gene copies/100 mL in Prince Albert. The concentration is the 23rd highest value observed during the pandemic in Prince Albert.

Therefore, the SARS-CoV-2 infection in Prince Albert is not over and needs to be monitored.

The proportions of SARS-CoV-2 RNA load in Prince Albert wastewater by variant were: BA.5: 53.1%, BA.5.1: 7.9%, BA.5.3.1: 0, 7%, BA.2.75: 0.0 per hundred Other Omicron: 38.3% and non-Omicron lines: 0.0%.

They validate the dosages and standards for BA.4, BA.4.6, BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 to know the proportion of each on the 38.3%.

All data has been shared with Saskatchewan health authorities.

The research team is also looking for the top three variants of concern: Alpha (B.1.1.7), Gamma (P.1), and Delta (B.1.617). Additional variants will be added to the panel as the situation evolves.

USask and Global Water Futures researchers are using wastewater-based epidemiology to monitor SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) in wastewater from Saskatoon, Prince Albert and North Battleford, providing early warning of outbreaks of infection. This work is done in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the City of Saskatoon, the City of Prince Albert and the City of North Battleford.

This variant tracking data should be seen simply as an indicator of trends that should be verified using sequencing technology through the Public Health Agency of Canada. Because individuals are at different stages of infection when they shed the virus, the levels of variants detected in wastewater are not necessarily directly comparable to the proportion of variant cases found in individual swab samples. confirmed by provincial genetic sequencing efforts.

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