The presence of COVID-19 in Winnipeg’s wastewater is declining.

The presence of COVID-19 in Winnipeg’s wastewater is declining.

The Public Health Agency of Canada released data Friday that show the viral load in Winnipeg has decreased significantly compared with the previous week’s wastewater samples.

As of May 5 (the most recent data available) the seven-day average viral load was highest in the north end of the city, at 35 copies per millilitre. In the south end of Winnipeg, it was 34 copies per millilitre and in the west end, it was 21 copies per millilitre.

In the previous week, ending on April 28, the viral load was 131 copies per millilitre in the west end, 60 in the south end, and 29 in the north end.

The declining viral load indicates there may be less COVID-19 transmission in the city, but the federal agency warns against relying too heavily on short-term changes in the wastewater data.

— Staff