Boston-area COVID wastewater data drops in southern region, stays up in north


The Boston-area COVID wastewater tracker is showing a regional split this week, as virus samples drop across the southern region while the sewage data stays up in the north.

The COVID wastewater seven-day average for the south-of-Boston region is now 720 copies per milliliter, compared to 1,090 copies in the north-of-Boston area.

Over the past week, the virus samples have gone down 15% in the south, while the data has climbed 22% in the northern region.

“The north of the city doesn’t have the downward trend that the south has, but there are fluctuations in the data so I would wait a week and see,” said Davidson Hamer, a Boston University School of Public Health infectious diseases specialist.

“If it continues to go up in the north, then the question is why. Could there be something different going on there? Graduation parties?” Hamer added. “If the data starts dropping, then we could start thinking about having a real Independence Day party.”

Meanwhile, the state Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 2,561 daily COVID cases, a 27% decline from 3,485 infections last Thursday.

The omicron BA.2 variant has been spreading across the region, along with the subvariant BA.2.12.1.

The state’s daily average positive test rate had been climbing in recent weeks but has gone down in the past week. The average positive test rate is now 7.29%, down from 8.32% at this time last week. The test rate for Thursday’s report was significantly lower at 5.58%.

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