Mary Alice Reporting – The Tuscarawas County Health Department issued a statement noting that Tuscarawas County is seeing elevated detection of COVID levels in wastewater.

An initiative studies samples of wastewater to look for fragments of the virus through the collaboration between the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Ohio and U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies, the Ohio Water Resources Center (Ohio WRC) at The Ohio State University, and other participating universities, including The University of Toledo, Kent State University, and The University of Akron.

An upward trend was concluded for Tuscarawas County, which is an early indicator that cases of COVID-19 could increase in the community.

The Tuscarawas Health Department received notice from the Ohio Department of Health that local levels increased for a second time, as the first wastewater monitoring advisory report was on Friday, November 12, 2021.

The number of newly reported cases per week in the county increased by 49% after the first notification.

The department asks residents to continue efforts to social distance, wear face coverings, and adhere to prevention efforts such as frequent hand-washing. Those who are not vaccinated should consider getting inoculated.

Anyone having symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should consider getting tested, staying home, and, if possible, away from others for 10 days from symptom onset.

Drive-up testing is available by appointment through the Tuscarawas County Health Department by calling 330-343-5555, ext. 174 or 181.

Copyright WTUZ Radio Inc., 2021