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New York City could be doing more to use its wastewater testing data, official says

New York City could be doing more to use its wastewater testing data, official says

The comments from a senior New York City environment official overseeing its wastewater surveillance program represent a sharp departure from a joint statement made to MuckRock and the Gothamist last month by the city’s health and environment agencies, which called wastewater surveillance a “developing field,” stressing a need for further research before it could be used to inform policy action.

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Wastewater can predict COVID-19 surges, but New York City’s data remains hard to find

Wastewater can predict COVID-19 surges, but New York City’s data remains hard to find

Nearly three years into the city’s wastewater surveillance program, New York City has neither a local dashboard nor a clear strategy for how testing results are used.

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New York City wastewater shows link between cryptic COVID variants and worse phases of the pandemic

New York City wastewater shows link between cryptic COVID variants and worse phases of the pandemic

In a new study, Columbia University researchers have identified coronavirus mutations in New York City wastewater that seem to appear when severe disease rates begin to rise. The findings may pinpoint subtle, understated variants in the pandemic that are affecting day-to-day outcomes, including hospitalization and death, without doctors noticing.

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The national fight against COVID-19 isn't ready to go to the sewers

The national fight against COVID-19 isn’t ready to go to the sewers

The Documenting COVID-19 project surveyed 19 state and local health agencies, as well as scientists who work on wastewater sampling, to learn about the challenges they’re facing. We found that many states are months away, if not longer, from being able to use wastewater data to guide public health decisions, even as the rise of an omicron subvariant, BA.2, looms. Meanwhile, the CDC’s highly shared wastewater surveillance dashboard is a work in progress, and is difficult to interpret for users who might hope to follow the trends in their areas.

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