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Wastewater samples in Butler County indicate increase of COVID-19 spread – WLWT Cincinnati

Recent samples of wastewater in Oxford, Ohio give evidence that there is an increase of COVID-19 spread in the region.Health experts said the samples are providing valuable information.The Ohio Waste Water Monitory Network took three samples from different days at the Oxford Wastewater Treatment Plant. Researchers have been testing wastewater samples across Ohio to look for gene copies or fragments of COVID-19.According to the Butler County General Health District, the presence of COVID-19 in wastewater can indicate a spread of the virus in the community. COVID-19 can be found in the feces of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected individuals.”Wastewater data can be one of the first indicators that notify a community that the risk of getting the disease is high,” said Carrie Yeager, the environmental health director for Butler County General Health District.The health district has also been reporting that December has been a tough month for Butler County in regards to the coronavirus.”We shattered daily new case counts on several occasions. Hospitals have sent pleas to ‘stay home’ as they manage ICU occupancy and staffing shortages throughout the region,” said Jennifer Bailer, health commissioner for BCGHD.Bailer said that after being notified of the increase of COVID-19 fragments in the wastewater, it’s important that the public continue to wear masks, remain socially distance and wash their hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through the holidays.

Recent samples of wastewater in Oxford, Ohio give evidence that there is an increase of COVID-19 spread in the region.

Health experts said the samples are providing valuable information.

The Ohio Waste Water Monitory Network took three samples from different days at the Oxford Wastewater Treatment Plant. Researchers have been testing wastewater samples across Ohio to look for gene copies or fragments of COVID-19.

According to the Butler County General Health District, the presence of COVID-19 in wastewater can indicate a spread of the virus in the community. COVID-19 can be found in the feces of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected individuals.

“Wastewater data can be one of the first indicators that notify a community that the risk of getting the disease is high,” said Carrie Yeager, the environmental health director for Butler County General Health District.

The health district has also been reporting that December has been a tough month for Butler County in regards to the coronavirus.

“We shattered daily new case counts on several occasions. Hospitals have sent pleas to ‘stay home’ as they manage ICU occupancy and staffing shortages throughout the region,” said Jennifer Bailer, health commissioner for BCGHD.

Bailer said that after being notified of the increase of COVID-19 fragments in the wastewater, it’s important that the public continue to wear masks, remain socially distance and wash their hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through the holidays.

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