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COVID Rates In Sewage Samples Triple In Select Connecticut Cities

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Researchers warn COVID-19 rates in sewage in the last week point to a dramatic increase in the virus in some parts of Connecticut.

Reports from Yale’s COVID-19 wastewater tracker show samples of the virus have almost tripled in a matter of days in and around New Haven. In the western part of Bridgeport, they’ve quadrupled.

The two cities’ wastewater treatment plants serve a total of about 300,000 people. Experts say COVID-19 samples in wastewater allow them to predict an outbreak in a community five to seven days before testing data catches up.

Bridgeport — the state’s largest city — also has one of the highest COVID-19 rates in the state.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.