Eureka city officials caused a bit of a stir last week after alerting the community to a report spotlighting significant levels of COVID-19 in the city’s wastewater. The report indicated Eureka has higher concentrations of COVID-19 in its wastewater than nearly anywhere else in the United States.

While data is limited, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is no evidence to suggest someone could become sick with COVID-19 due to wastewater exposure.“Recently, ribonucleic acid from the virus that causes COVID- 19 has been found in untreated wastewater,” according to the CDC website. “While data are limited, there is little evidence of infectious virus in wastewater. … Standard practices associated with wastewater treatment plant operations should be sufficient to protect wastewater workers from the virus that causes COVID-19.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, wastewater treatment plants treat viruses and other pathogens, including COVID-19.

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