Coeur d’Alene sewage test shows 490 residents could have COVID-19

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COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — The Coeur d’Alene Wastewater plant conducted a test of the city’s sewage, and the results suggested as many as 490 people could be infected with COVID-19.

Wastewater manager Michael Anderson said they made that calculation by using a model comparing population size and gallons of sewage in the system.

Coeur d’Alene Wastewater is one of hundreds of sewage plants nationwide to use a free wastewater test to look for viral material found in human waste. However, Anderson said there is a bigger margin of error in their findings, due to the small sample size collected.

Officially, the Panhandle Health District reports that only 87 people have COVID-19 in Kootenai County.