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Data shows Massachusetts down from Omicron surge

Governor Charlie Baker announced good news about our current pandemic at a conference on Tuesday. Baker, citing the noticeable drop in COVID-19 levels in daily sewage, said the Bay State is “very far behind” the omicron-fueled surge in cases of COVID-19.

Baker had this to say at the press conference regarding the recently collected wastewater reading data:

Is it probably somewhere between 65-75% of what it was at the top a few weeks ago. It’s the exact same trajectory people have seen with Omicron in the UK, South Africa and other parts of the US.

Governor Baker describes the trajectory of omicron surges as “straight up then straight down.” Baker says that while many aspects of the pandemic are highly unpredictable, he is confident wastewater data will continue to improve.

New Years Day through the first two days of January was when COVID levels in sewage were at their peak, according to readings from the Deer Island treatment plant where sewage is tested three times per week.

The sewage test detects the coronavirus in people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and in people who do not have symptoms. According to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, levels of COVID-19 have dropped 40% in the past week in and around Boston.

You can actually watch the press conference for more on the Mass.gov website here.

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