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December 3, 2020 6:53 PM

Record Single Day COVID-19 Positivity and SARS-CoV-2 Copies in Wastewater

(December 3, 2020) San Miguel County Public Health is reporting the highest single day total for new positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Today’s positives total 31 with an additional 5 reporting from yesterday bringing the total COVID cases among residents to date to 242.

Additionally, wastewater treatment numbers have doubled week-over-week with 1,640,490 copies of SARS-CoV-2 per liter detected in this week’s tests. This is also a record number for wastewater COVID detection since testing and analysis began in early September. Wastewater surveillance is expected to lead diagnostic tests by a week given what is known about viral dynamics in individuals and fecal shedding. For reference, county positives were relatively low in September when wastewater samples were detecting tens of thousands of COVID copies.

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