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Covid In Los Angeles: Concern Over Early Warning Signs & New Variants Going Into Winter

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For the second week running, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer has noted a plateau in the levels of Covid detected in the county’s wastewater system.

While a plateau in itself is not worrying, the fact that the numbers had been going down and now have stalled is of concern to officials. “This plateau…is likely to indicate that transmission in L.A.

County is no longer decreasing,” said Ferrer. “The most recent observations at these four wastewater plants, along with the small increase we reported in a couple of the early alert metrics, highlight the need to carefully monitor the early alert signals in the weeks ahead to see if we have any additional signs that suggest changes in our transmission patterns or illness severity.

Wastewater analysis is becoming more and more important in identifying Covid outbreaks as many people now take at-home tests and do not report the outcomes.

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