The latest Covid-19 sampling data from sewage at the MWRA's Deer Island treatment plant show a significant decrease, which might indicate that the current surge is cresting and could soon begin to ease in a week to ten days.
Experts at Northeastern had earlier predicted an easing in the near vertical increases in Covid-19 cases would begin in mid-January.
The testing at Deer Island by Biobot, an MIT spinoff, an has become a tool for predicting Covid-19 numbers over coming days in the Boston area served by the MWRA - people begin excreting viral particles before they realize they're sick or need to be tested.
The news would be welcome at area hospitals, which have seen a surge in admissions, as well as at local workplaces, which has similarly seen a corresponding increase in absences due to the omicron strain. However, the decline signaled by Deer Island would still mean Covid-19 rates significantly higher than last winter's surge.
The latest actual numbers of new Covid-19 cases reported by the state showed 17,802 new confirmed cases today, down from the 27,612 new confirmed Covid-19 cases reported on Jan. 6. However, the state reported 2,970 people with Covid-19 yesterday, up from 2,923 the day before. The state also reported 116 new confirmed Covid-19 deaths.