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COVID-19: Saskatchewan’s wastewater levels remain high, may have reached plateau, expert says

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COVID-19 viral loads in wastewater in three Saskatchewan cities are high, and may have reached a plateau, according to a USask toxicologist.

“As of right now, we’ve sort of plateaued out. I’d like to see three weeks in a row that are constant before I say we’re really on a plateau,” said John Giesy, wastewater research team lead.

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In Saskatoon, the viral load of COVID-19 in wastewater decreased by 22.3 per cent compared to the previous week. The BA.5 variant makes up 48.9 per cent of the viral load.

John Giesy / Supplied

Further north, Prince Albert’s viral load decreased by 1.7 per cent. The BA.2.12.1 variant made up 39.4-per cent of the viral load.

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The viral load in North Battleford’s wastewater decreased by 11.8 per cent. The BA.5 variant made up 50.8 per cent of the viral load.

John Giesy / Supplied

Giesy added the research team’s interpretation of the data, based on the index they use, shows the values are high right now.

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