Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater

The University of Arizona began monitoring campus wastewater for evidence of SARS-CoV-2 in March of 2020. That August, a sample from one of their 20 on-campus dorms revealed a viral load—an indication that individuals living in that residence might be infected.1 The school tested each of the 311 residents in that dorm and found two positive cases—neither was yet exhibiting symptoms, suggesting they could have passed the virus silently throughout the student population had they not been found in time. Instead, they were isolated before they could infect others, and the school averted a wider outbreak.

Wastewater epidemiology used to stave off lettuce shortage

The University of Arizona is leading the charge in studying wastewater for potential diseases, including COVID-19. Now, the work of epidemiologists could help save the nation from a leafy-green shortage, starting right here in Arizona.

Arizona researchers are launching a project in Yuma County aimed at understanding the community spread of the coronavirus by studying the area’s wastewater.

The Covid-19 virus can be picked up in wastewater before it’s found in a clinical setting and researchers in a new study say this could be really useful for tracking new mutations of the virus, like the B.1.17 strain that is now widespread in the U.K. and has already been introduced in the U.S.

It's in the wastewater: How Arizona universities are testing for COVID-19

Northern Arizona University wanted to test campus wastewater for traces of COVID-19, a process that can serve as an early-warning system for new outbreaks.

OU researchers looking to use wastewater to stop spread of COVID-19

University of Oklahoma researchers are working to slow the spread of COVID-19 with a unique approach -- using wastewater.