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Wastewater Shows Higher COVID Caseload than Reported

The level of coronavirus infections remains high around the nation and Athens is no exception. The city is still under a high transmission level, designated by the Centers for Disease Control. University of Georgia researcher Erin Lipp is a professor of environmental health science in the College of Public Health. For more than two years, she and her team have been studying the levels of the virus in wastewater.

Lipp says the high virus levels in wastewater mean there are many more cases of covid in Clarke County than are being reported.

In addition, she says based on the last two years, she expects to see cases increase as students head back to school and campus.

You can hear more from Erin Lipp on Athens News Matters.