“More than half of community sewershed samples tested from the week of Dec. 20 showed presence of the Omicron variant…”
Thanks a lot, Mike.
From the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS):
December 27, 2021
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – More than half of community sewershed samples tested from the week of Dec. 20 showed presence of the Omicron variant. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) continues to partner with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the University of Missouri – Columbia, wastewater operators, and others to monitor COVID-19 trends by testing wastewater in communities throughout the state. For nearly a year, this team has been testing wastewater samples to look for the presence of variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Sequencing tests identified the first presence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) from two sets of sewershed samples collected on Dec. 7-8 in Jackson County and Buchanan County. In both wastewater systems, COVID-19 viral strands were identified as having mutations associated with Omicron which indicated that the Omicron variant virus is likely present among the population in these sewershed areas.
As a result of expanded testing the week of Dec. 20, 32 of 57 samples had mutations associated with Omicron variant. Those locations included: three Kansas City facilities (Blue River, Westside, and Birmingham), seven St. Louis facilities (Lemay, Grand Glaize, Coldwater Creek, Bissell Point, Fenton, Lower Meramec, and Missouri River), five St. Charles County facilities (St. Peters Spencer Creek, Duckett Creek Sewer District WWTF #1, Duckett Creek Sewer District WWTF #2, O’Fallon, and Wentzville), Branson (Cooper Creek and Compton Drive), Springfield Northwest, Interim Saline Creek Regional, Troy Southeast, Farmington East, Perryville Southeast, Columbia, St. Joseph, Atherton, Cape Girardeau, Nixa, West Plains, Washington, Oak Grove, Festus – Crystal City and Joplin Turkey Creek.
“Our robust program for monitoring COVID-19 through sewershed sampling provides us with reliable information regarding the presence of the virus and its variants,” said Donald Kauerauf, DHSS Director. “The existence of the Omicron variant is becoming much more prevalent each week, making the actions of COVID-19 individual testing, vaccination and other mitigation measures more important as we already face the threat of the Delta variant and an increase in flu cases.”
DHSS continues to recommend that residents follow prevention strategies such as wearing a mask in public indoor settings, frequent handwashing and maintaining physical distance from others.
“Gatherings are continuing during this holiday season, and I highly encourage testing before and after these events and any travels to help limit any unintended spread of the virus,” said Kauerauf. “If you’re not feeling well, stay home and don’t risk getting your loved ones sick. It is important for individuals to plan ahead when identifying a location and advance timing needed to get tested, as there is a growing demand for these services.”
Public health experts worldwide are working quickly to learn more about the Omicron variant and how it may impact the health and safety of citizens. The disease severity caused by Omicron is still unknown. Scientists are also studying the degree to which existing vaccines and therapies protect against Omicron.
The sequencing testing results are updated weekly and displayed in the COVID-19 sewershed surveillance StoryMap. The online storymap will be updated on Dec. 28 with the most recent variant data.
DHSS will continue to work with public health partners to monitor for an increase in the Omicron variant, as well as trends in other variants. To learn more about Missouri’s variant monitoring efforts, visit Health.Mo.Gov.
Everyone 5 years and older is highly encouraged to protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting fully vaccinated (and boosted if age 16 and older). Missourians should also take the opportunity to get their annual influenza vaccination as part of their risk reduction activities to protect themselves and others from seasonal respiratory illness.
Travelers to the U.S. should continue to follow CDC recommendations for safe traveling. Get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines in Missouri at MOStopsCovid.com.
How Missourians can get a free COVID-19 vaccine:
Check for vaccine appointments at Vaccines.gov, where you can search for availability by vaccine type (e.g., Pfizer).
Call the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 1-800-232-0233 (or TTY 1-888-720-7489). Help is available in multiple languages.
Locate local vaccination events in Missouri at MOStopsCovid.com.
Seniors and homebound adults can make arrangements using information at MOStopsCovid.com/seniors
Missouri DHSS COVID-19 Public Hotline
Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
How Missourians can get a free COVID-19 test:
Walk in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s free community testing sites: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites.
Order a test through the state’s free at-home COVID-19 testing program.
Find a free testing option near you through the federal pharmacy locations.
Thanks for nothing, Eric.
Get vaccinnated, get boosted if you haven’t done so already. Wash your hands. Stay away from indoor crowds. While your at it stay away from any crowds. Wear a high quality mask.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s (r) latest existential night terrors:
Eric Schmitt @Eric_Schmitt
For many this is the desired outcome of perpetual fearmongering and emergency orders. #nolockdown
9:50 PM · Dec 20, 2021
Anyone think he sent this from under his bed?
Almost everyone else:
Some of the responses to Eric Schmitt (r) on Twitter::
I bet Todd Akin is thrilled that he found a replacement in Missouri. Someone else who bases their decisions on legitimate science. Many thanks Eric!
Yeah. Because doing nothing is working great.
No one wants to be locked down Eric, period. As for giving folks money, if we had done what other developed countries of the world did for their citizens, (it’s always a crisis w/the GQP, why is that?) this “inflation crisis” wouldn’t be so bad. So pick an outrage would you.
Science holds no emotions
Or political position
Looks like it’s still “We’re worried that too many poor people will live through this.”
For others, the dream of a million American dead seems within reach.
Can’t wait for Republican Missouri Gov Parson and AG Eric Schmitt (running for US Senate) removing covid protections (including school districts) to take down the KC Chiefs riddled with covid in the NFL Playoffs. Only a matter of time…..Western MO voting get the popcorn.
That’s what B.1.1.529 can do.
Actually the desired outcome is defeat the virus but when political hacks block scientifically proven methods THEY force a situation where lockdown becomes the only method left. Don’t complain about solutions to a problem YOU created.
That’s sarcasm. No one is asking for a shut down. Jist responsibility and caring about others who might not be as fortunate as you with their health. But you’ve proven that doesn’t matter. Immunity compromised people be damned! Says Eric & his crew.
The world the rest of us have to live in:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
We don’t need government shutdowns again.
We need our kids in school, our businesses open, and Americans back to work.
8:43 AM · Nov 29, 2021
A few of the responses:
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So there are no shutdowns planned, and instead of being proactive in the very unlikely scenario that they do happen, you are gaslighting with no plan of action. That’s sounds about right. Just like last time.
If we can get everyone vaccinated, we can devote more resources to other areas. My MIL is in Vandy Medical & has to wait for her biopsy because the hospital is slammed w/ unvaccinated Covid patients. GOP, Fox, Q, Trumpers… all of you are to be blamed.
And now, the truth.
1) No shut downs are being planned
2) Thanksgiving day spending set a record at 5.1 billion
3) Inflation is a global consequence of the pandemic, not a political economic package that hasn’t even gone into action yet.
Y’know what helps with that? Masks and vaccines.
It really will be okay if we all do our part to help.
God forbid this group of GOP hustlers ever does anything proactive.
No one is shutting anything down. Maybe if Republican voters would wear masks and get vaccinated our situation would improve.[….]
But Republicans excel at government shutdowns. Y’all didn’t pass a budget from 2011-2015.
Then you should encourage your Deplorables to do the right things. Mask up, get vaccinated, etc. And then support civil penalties for not doing these *simple* things. Levy fines and/or ban people from public places.
Just saying “we don’t need this” doesn’t HELP.
yes, let’s ignore the virus, that’s been working really well so far
Then maybe the cult should get vaccinated and wear masks instead of being outraged at literally everything
The Omicron variant & the pandemic would like to have a word in this.
Which is exactly the reason we NEED those vaccine mandates. That would ensure that MOST of the kids and workers would be safe at school or work.
What if we learn the omicron variant is more deadly than the delta variant?
As a proud pro-life person, you must know doing nothing will lead to more death and suffering.
Are you really “pro-life”?
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result
Everyone wants the virus to go away. You can’t think of anything to do but blame others. Thanks for nothing.
Any member of Congress who talks about getting kids back to school, businesses open and Americans back to work and doesn’t encourage vaccinations is a fraud. But we already knew that about you.