COLORADO – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has said the omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in sewage across the state, indicating “widespread transmission” of the virus.
The CDPHE added an omicron wastewater data table to its website with information from utility providers who submitted samples for testing.
“The wastewater test can give health officials early warnings about increases or decreases in COVID-19 cases and help identify variants of concern in specific counties and communities,” the CDHPE said in a report. Press release. “It is important to remember that it is not possible to identify people who may be sick on the basis of measurements taken in the sewage.”
Water suppliers in Boulder, Lakewood, Denver, Aurora, Commerce City, Northern Fort Collins, Laporte, Colorado Springs, Arvada, South Westminster, South Thornton, Leyden, Fort Collins, Broomfield, Longmont, Louisville, Pueblo, Berthoud, Wellington, Estes Park, Lone Tree and Englewood reported that the omicron variant was found in sewage during a test on December 16.
The health department has urged the Coloradans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and said any resident who shows symptoms should take a COVID test and self-isolate.