August 4, 2022. Information about transmission and ongoing current infections in Essex County and Peabody, Massachusetts. Links to data sources enable the reader to learn the situation in their locality. The sources used are the CDC data on transmission; levels of COVID found in wastewater; and % positivity in Essex County and Peabody. These are all leading indicators preceding cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
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Community Transmission in Essex is High
UPDATE FOR PEABODY & ESSEX COUNTY on July 28, 2022
Reported on: 8/4/2022
Period: 7/17/2022 to 7/30/2022
Peabody 14-day Percent Positivity: 8.31%
Essex County 14-day Percent Positivity: 9.02%
Biobot wastewater counts for Peabody & Salem @ the South Essex Sewage District: Latest report, Peabody August 1, ~1,300 count viral RNA/mL down sharply. Source: Peabody graph. Samples are currently taken 1 - 7 times a week and analyzed by Biobot Analytics, a wastewater epidemiology company based in Cambridge, MA. The graphs represent the “7-day averages” which are the average viral copies over the past 7 days in each treatment plant.
NOTE: NEW VARIANTS BA4 & BA5 ARE ALMOST LIKE A NEW DISEASE, ABLE TO SLIP THROUGH IMMUNE DEFENSES, AND ARE SPREADING RAPIDLY. TAKE CARE!
Leading Indicators of COVID in the Community
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, COVID-19 Dashboard, Weekly Data by City and Town This is the source for positivity data cited in this paper.