How Much Virus Is in the Water? Narragansett Bay Commission Participates in National COVID-19 Study

Jan 25, 2021

The Narragansett Bay Commission has been accepted to participate in a COVID-19 study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

The study is designed to rapidly monitor 100 million people across the United States through wastewater surveillance for monitoring the COVID-19 epidemic and to identify best practices for wastewater SARS-CoV-2 assessment and subsequent data analytics across the country.

Questions about coronavirus transmission via wastewater began in May of 2020 as the World Health Organization began to raise questions.

In October, MIT reported that the university began piloting a wastewater testing program as a new tool to help keep the campus community safe this semester.

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