Albany County reports COVID spike in wastewater samples

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Albany County is reporting a spike in COVID-19 intensity in wastewater samples.

County health officials say there’s been a 32% increase in COVID-19 intensity over a two-week period.

They were found in wastewater samples collected and analyzed on April 4 at the County Water Purification District’s South Plant. That plant serves more than 80,000 city residents.

Officials say measuring COVID levels in wastewater is a leading indicator of the coronavirus infection rate and a more accurate estimation.

They say the spike will likely mean there will be more COVID cases and percent positivity in the near future.