Sewage testing helps healthcare professionals understand when, if and how much Covid-19 is present in the population of a given area and provides early warning of a possible outbreak. The presence of coronavirus appears in sewage days before people begin to show symptoms.
The agriculture industry is already doing what it can by supplying the nation with healthy crops to eat during the pandemic, but now it is going above and beyond to help the community detect the COVID virus before the public sees any symptoms.
Arizona researchers are launching a project in Yuma County to understand the community spread of the coronavirus by studying the area’s sewage.
A Yuma pilot project that provides early detection of COVID-19 has gotten the stamp of approval from Gov. Doug Ducey.
The project is a partnership with Yuma County Public Health Services District, the University of Arizona, and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). It builds on the success of wastewater testing at University of Arizona dormitories to identify potential outbreaks, and will help the c