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State health officials release COVID-19 wastewater monitoring dashboard

Researchers collect a sample at the Werdhölzli wastewater treatment plant in Zurich, as part of an Eawag research project exploring the concentration of various metals in treated wastewater.
Researchers collect a sample at the Werdhölzli wastewater treatment plant in Zurich, as part of an Eawag research project exploring the concentration of various metals in treated wastewater.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has released a new COVID data dashboard showing the findings of wastewater monitoring in many regions of the state.

The data comes from the Sentinel Wastewater Epidemiology Evaluation Project (SWEEP). It provides a detailed, weekly analysis and interpretation of wastewater data.

According to the MDHHS, in 9 of the 19 monitoring sites the level of virus increased during the second half of November. For 15 of the 19 sites, the most recent level of virus recorded was higher than 75 percent of all previous samples from that same site.

The increase comes amidst a rise in COVID-19 cases in Michigan.