Twin Cities are getting extra tool to track COVID – and it’s all down to poop

Twin Cities are getting extra tool to track COVID – and it’s all down to poop

Right now, Twin Cities wastewater is reporting more than 1 billion viral copies per day per person. That’s double the previous highs, set in November 2020 and December 2021. The wastewater analysis underscores just how dramatic Minnesota’s current omicron surge is. Levels of COVID-19 in Twin Cities wastewater started spiking right before Christmas 2021, around Dec. 22. 

Scientists have been monitoring COVID levels in Twin Cities wastewater for more than a year. Now, in response to a request from MPR News, the Met Council will be releasing the data to the public every week, starting in the coming days. “Somewhere in the realm of 15 days ahead of time before whatever shows up in clinical cases, we’re able to see that in the wastewater,” Glenn Simmons Jr., a professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth told MPR News last year.

Minnesota’s current surge, as told by wastewater It can sound like a stretch. But it turns out that wastewater analysis closely matches other ways to track the virus like case counts — except wastewater can actually flag spikes faster than traditional testing.

For much of 2021, Minnesota averaged about three days of delay between when a sample was taken and when it was reported to the public — though some tests were processed more quickly and others more slowly. But in the first weeks of 2022, extreme testing volume coupled with COVID infecting lab personnel has combined to significantly increase this delay. In the past week Minnesota has been averaging five days of lag, the worst level since 2020. That only increases the ability of wastewater treatment to identify surges early — though the wastewater processing has its own lag time. Though the Met Council collects samples every day, they’re only delivered to the Genomics Lab for testing once per week.  Tracking COVID-19 by cases involves a number of delays. First, it can take days after a person gets exposed before they go get a test. PCR tests often take 24 to 48 hours after the sample is taken before they can be delivered to a lab and analyzed. Once that result is obtained, the lab needs to submit the data to the Minnesota Department of Health, which then needs to process the data before sharing updates every workday at 11 a.m.

As of Jan. 6, COVID levels in Twin Cities wastewater were 70 percent higher than the fall 2020 peak. Reported cases in the metro didn’t reach that level until six days later, on Jan. 12. Reported case counts for the parts of the metro area covered by that wastewater plant didn’t start going up until a week later, around Dec. 28.

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