UVA researchers test sewage for COVID-19 in Charlottesville area

Dec 8, 2020

The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Wastewater surveillance is being used now in the Charlottesville area to help forecast surges in COVID-19 cases.

The samples, combined with other data, are part of an epidemiologic model project at the University of Virginia.

Ultimately, the data will be shared with public health officials, hospitals, the Virginia Department of Heath and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Wastewater Surveillance System.

“The long-term goal is to combine as many data inputs as we can, and have them synergize with one another to more accurately predict what’s going to happen in the next couple of weeks,” said Brent French, a professor of biomedical engineering at UVa.


Heman Shakeri, an assistant professor in UVa’s School of Data Science; Michael D. Porter, an associate professor of systems engineering; and French are leading the project, which received funding from the Ivy Foundation’s COVID-19 Translational Research Fund.

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