Community Sewershed Surveillance in Marshfield Shows Possible Increases in COVID-19 Transmission

The Webster County Health Unit says during the first week in April, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services saw elevated and increasing trends in concentrations of COVID-19 genetic fragments in wastewater from sewersheds in the Marshfield area.

Heath leaders point out sewershed surveillance metrics are not a direct estimate of the COVID-19 positive human cases in the area, but rather provide an indication that disease transmission is likely increasing among the population in these sewershed areas.

The health unit is encouraging folks to attend an upcoming free COVID-19 testing event, whether you’re experiencing symptoms of the virus or not.

The no-cost testing will be done Wednesday, April 21st and Wednesday, April 28th at the Webster County Fairgrounds on Marshall Street in Marshfield.

It’s from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

No registration is required.

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