It's not over yet: COVID-19 presence remains high in Saskatchewan: wastewater analysis
Small but steady increases in viral load detected in several cities
The COVID-19 viral load remains high in Saskatchewan, according to researchers who analyze wastewater in cities across the province.
Researchers at the University of Regina say the viral load in Regina's wastewater has increased slightly, part of a trend that has seen a small but steady, week-over-week increase in the viral load in the city since July.
The U of R researchers have been sampling the city's wastewater for the presence of COVID-19 since Aug. 2020.
Before the Omicron wave, the highest viral load levels in Regina's wastewater were recorded in mid-December 2020 and April 2021, coinciding with high infection rates in the Regina area, according to researchers.
The data collected during the latest reporting period shows that COVID-19 levels have increased slightly from the previous week and remain high.
It's a similar story in other major centres in Saskatchewan.
The figures in Prince Albert, North Battleford and Saskatoon remain high, continuing a trend that has developed over the past month, the University of Saskatchewan's latest wastewater analysis shows.
In North Battleford the viral load increased by 51.3 per from the previous reporting period, while the viral load in Saskatoon increased by 5.6 per cent.
The viral load in Prince Albert, while still considered high, has decreased by 25.3 per cent.