[Vision2020] Fwd: ADV: Increased Concentration of COVID-19 in City of Moscow Wastewater
debismith at moscow.com
Mon Jul 13 16:17:41 PDT 2020
Help me remember....When was the Doug Wilson Revival Show? Maybe some
linkage? Don't want to make unfounded accusations about
irresponsibility.....Maybe we just opened too soon like some other
places, maybe some young people had non-social distancing/no masks
gatherings? We can do better, Moscow! Glad to see masks everywhere this
week! Thanks to the Mayor and City for protecting all of us. Thanks to
the businesses who responded so well and quickly! I am proud to live in
a town that values its citizens!
On 7/13/2020 3:58 PM, Tom Hansen wrote:
> I was tested about a month ago before my colonoscopy at Gritman. I
> received the results of the test (negative) 4-5 days later. I was
> under home quarantine during those 4-5 days.
> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
> "Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
> http://www.TomandRodna.com/MoscowCares <http://www.moscowcares.com/>
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
> “A stranger is just a friend you haven't met.” - Roy E. Stolworthy
>> On Jul 13, 2020, at 3:43 PM, Ron Force <ronforce at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Sorry to have reposted the information. Missed seeing your post. I
>> did some further research on Biobot. The company started form a prof
>> and students at MIT. They did an initial sample run in Boston and
>> published the results, which still await peer review:
>> "Biobot estimated that anywhere from 0.1% to 5% of the population
>> could be infected with COVID-19. That’s a wide range, in part because
>> it’s uncertain just how many virus particles an infected person
>> excretes. But even the low end of the range is several times higher
>> than the state’s officially reported caseload of 0.026% at the time
>> of the study."
>> I have heard of younger individuals in Moscow who get ill, but don't
>> report to their doctor. And, how many infected individuals are
>> asymptomatic is still a question.
>> Ron Force
>> Moscow Idaho USA
>> On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 2:09 PM Tom Hansen <thansen at moscow.com
>> <mailto:thansen at moscow.com>> wrote:
>> See below . . .
>> Courtesy of the City of Moscow (the one in Idaho).
>> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
>> "Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
>> http://www.TomandRodna.com/MoscowCares <http://www.moscowcares.com/>
>> Tom Hansen
>> Moscow, Idaho
>> Begin forwarded message:
>>> *From:* City of Moscow <listserv at civicplus.com
>>> <mailto:listserv at civicplus.com>>
>>> *Date:* July 13, 2020 at 1:34:02 PM PDT
>>> *To:* thansen at moscow.com <mailto:thansen at moscow.com>
>>> *Subject:* *ADV: Increased Concentration of COVID-19 in City of
>>> Moscow Wastewater*
>>> City of Moscow Logo
>>> *PRESS RELEASE*
>>> Increased Concentration of COVID-19 in City of Moscow Wastewater
>>> *July 13, 2020 (Moscow, Idaho) -- *The City of Moscow applied
>>> for, and was accepted to participate in a subsidized program to
>>> test for the presence of COVID-19 in wastewater. Biobot
>>> Analytics, a company that previously studied opioids in
>>> wastewater, initiated a program to track COVID-19 in wastewater.
>>> Biobot developed a process to identify, replicate, and measure
>>> the concentration of the viral RNA (ribonucleic acid) within a
>>> given wastewater sample. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Biobot
>>> has analyzed COVID-19 prevalence in roughly 400 cities across
>>> Biobot states that its methods for detecting SARS-CoV-2 in
>>> sewage are adapted from CDC protocols and relies on detecting
>>> genetic fragments of the virus that are excreted in stool, which
>>> does not determine if the virus is dead or active. Biobot's
>>> methodology is available at www.biobot.io/covid19
>>> During the month of May, Moscow provided weekly test samples.
>>> The first three tests resulted in no detectable COVID-19. On
>>> Jun. 16, the City received the results for the May 27 test. This
>>> sample showed a concentration which Biobot used to estimate 190
>>> cases of COVID-19 in the community. The City ordered another
>>> test kit to verify the May 27 results, and notified the Public
>>> Health of the outcome of the test.
>>> On Jul. 9, the City received the results for the follow-up
>>> sample collected on Jul. 1. This sample showed a marked increase
>>> in concentrations, which Biobot used to estimate 1,400 cases in
>>> the community. Estimating cases based on concentration is an
>>> emerging science, and there are several variables that could
>>> impact accuracy, especially in a smaller system like Moscow's.
>>> These include: rain events, daily flow variations, cleaning of
>>> sewer lines, etc.
>>> "It is important to note that the Biobot data provides
>>> estimates, not actual cases. While we can't rely on the accuracy
>>> of the case estimation, the thing that is certain is that we are
>>> seeing significantly increased concentrations of COVID-19 in our
>>> wastewater," said Gary Riedner, Moscow City Supervisor. "We will
>>> continue to monitor levels in our wastewater, and continue to
>>> share the results with the healthcare professionals. We are
>>> sharing information with the Idaho North Central District Health
>>> Department and appreciate their collaboration. These results
>>> underscore the need for increased efforts in hygiene, such as
>>> washing your hands and not touching your eyes, nose, mouth and
>>> face, practicing social distancing of at least six feet apart
>>> from all but household members, and wearing face coverings to
>>> help prevent community spread of COVID-19."
>>> The area served by the Moscow Water Reclamation and Reuse
>>> Facility serves the area within Moscow City limits and the
>>> Southeast Moscow Sewer District located just outside of Moscow
>>> east city limit boundary. Testing will continue under
>>> collaboration with the University of Idaho. The Biological
>>> Sciences and Civil & Environmental Engineering Departments at
>>> the U of I, utilizing funding from the IMCI (Institute for
>>> Modeling Collaboration and Interaction), are initiating a
>>> regional wastewater testing program with plans to start
>>> processing samples within two weeks.
>>> *Story Contact:* Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor
>>> *Phone: *208-883-7006
>>> *Email: *griedner at ci.moscow.id.us <mailto:griedner at ci.moscow.id.us>
>>> *City of Moscow *
>>> 206 E Third Street
>>> Moscow, ID 83843
>>> Contact: Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor
>>> Phone - 208.883.7006
>>> Email - griedner at ci.moscow.id.us <mailto:griedner at ci.moscow.id.us>
>>> Website - www.ci.moscow.id.us <http://www.ci.moscow.id.us>
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