Nov 29, 2022 - COVID

Chart du jour: Twin Cities COVID levels creep up

COVID-19 viral load in Twin Cities metro wastewater
Data: Metropolitan Council ; Chart: Tory Lysik/Axios Visuals

COVID levels are creeping up in the Twin Cities, per Met Council's latest wastewater data dump.

Why it matters: A "tripledemic" of flu, RSV and COVID is already straining local hospitals.

Driving the news: The total viral load detected at the metro plant increased by 24% in the week ending Nov. 21, compared to the previous week.

  • BA5, the Omicron subvariant that took off last summer, is still the dominant strain in the Twin Cities.

Yes, but: Even with the increase, COVID caseloads remain far below the levels seen during case spikes last winter and spring.

What to watch: Spread from travel and Thanksgiving gatherings could drive COVID cases up even more.

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