Georgia Explores Wastewater Testing to Predict COVID-19 Outbreaks

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Each week from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, utility workers in Athens collect samples from two of the largest water treatment plants in Athens-Clarke County. At the University of Georgia’s Environmental Health Science Lab, scientists test the samples for COVID-19. In late October, the data posted online each week brought concerning news — concentrations of the virus had increased. While reported cases in the county remained stable, the upward trend could indicate changes in the release of the virus into the community from asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic infections.

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