UW Virology Newsletter

December, 2021

Testing volume has remained high during the month of November with greater than 232,000 tests performed for the detection of the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2).

Tracking the emergence and frequency of new SARS CoV-2 strains by whole genome sequencing is paramount to ending this pandemic. Over 21,000 sequences were reported during the past four months (November 4000 sequences, October 4400 sequences, September 6200 sequences and August 7300 sequences).

See www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov for the most recent updates.

Rhinovirus is the most predominant non SARS-CoV-2 Respiratory Virus currently present in the community. RSV was sporadically detected throughout the month.

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View the UW Virology COVID-19 Dashboard.

Follow the area’s epidemiological data each week on the UW Virology web site at http://depts.washington.edu/uwviro/respiratory-viral-epidemiology-data/.

Community detections: November 2021

PCR Positives:

Adenovirus – 12
BK Virus – 195
CMV – 317
Coronavirus – 1 (NOT 2019-nCoV)
EBV – 54
Enterovirus – 1
HHV6 – 19
HHV8 – 1
HSV – 83
Influenza A – 0

Influenza B – 0
JC Virus – 1
Metapneumovirus – 6
Norovirus – 1
Parainfluenza – 13
Parechovirus – 0
Parvo B19 – 5
Rhinovirus – 37
Rotavirus – 0
RSV – 15
VZV – 17