“When matters escalate, we tighten the tap a little bit, we turn down opportunities for people to interact with each other,” said New York’s Mayor Justin Elliker, a key indicator that COVID- 19 cases showed another spike.
The COVID-19 trial shows an average of eight cases per 100,000 people in New Haven. Recent sewage surveillance, which can predict a spike in the virus up to five days earlier by looking at the genetic material we have been expelled, indicates that the number is actually closer to 20 per day per 100,000 people.
Maritza Bond, director of New Haven Health, reported, “The sludge report is a very useful tool for us to be able to predict, because not everyone is testing.”
Bond said Elm City is at the tipping point.
“It’s definitely a concern,” Marita Bond said. “We were not in the red, but the mud report is showing that we are potentially there.”
According to Bond, being in red means going back to the first stage.
Elliker said he spoke with Governor Ned Lamont on Wednesday. Talked about bringing back some of those springtime restrictions.
Elliker said on Wednesday that people can surmise that the city is acting very aggressively to ensure that we reduce the number of opportunities to interact with the goal of keeping people safe.
Sewage surveillance traps wider than conventional nasal swab tests and results quickly.
“The increase in RNA concentration very strongly indicates that there has been an increase in human cases diagnosed in later days. Dr. of Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Doug Brackney said, this is a very good indicator.
Brackney diagnoses for stateside sewage monitoring program. Science is considered a key indicator because it is beyond traditional COVID-19 nasal swab testing by capturing all on the public sewer system.
“We are definitely going in the wrong direction. It is definitely certain, ”he said.
Scientists have been able to extract the genetic material of the virus from every person who flushes a toilet in Elm City and communities around East Haven, Woodbridge, Hamden and parts of North Branford. This indicates that the concentration of COVID-19 RNA in sludge has increased by more than 20,000 ml in the last two weeks.
“It looks like an outbreak,” said Dr., an environmental engineering professor at Yale University. Jordan Pekasia explained.
Pekia, along with many others in Connecticut, leads the team collecting and analyzing this data from New Haven’s wastewater treatment plant. He said the increase is happening statewide.
“Now is a very important time to try and struggle so that we can make sure it doesn’t shoot straight, it’s flat,” Pekia said.
The new Haven schools are scheduled to transition from virtual learning to hybrid mode on 9 November. This increase limits those plans.
“Looking at the ups and downs in the cases, it is giving us some concern and we are in talks about whether to change it or not,” said Elikkar.
Bond said contact tracing suggests that COVID-19 cases are increasing in social ceremonies, but she also believes there are other contributing factors.
“Still many people are not following the use of the mask or in an inconsistent way, they are not wearing it correctly,” Bond said. “I recently saw someone wearing a mask over their head. Therefore, it is really important that we practice proper social disturbances, ”she said.
Leaders are not pleading with people.
Eliker said, “Wear your mask, social distance and that doesn’t mean people you don’t know mean they’re with people you know they’re not outside of your family bubble . ”