Western Virginia Water Authority tests wastewater for fragments of COVID-19

Jun 30, 2020

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - In the Roanoke Valley, a new type of COVID-19 testing could provide an early warning system, and help the health department and public officials make informed decisions.

We watched Monday morning as Corey Landis of Pace Analytical prepared equipment that collects a sample of waste water every 15 minutes.

Lacy Burnette, Environmental Programs Specialist with the Western Virginia Water Authority, explained how it works.

“We have tubing inserted into a sanitary manhole, and of course it goes down into the wastewater channel.”

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