Wastewater offers another way to track COVID-19 in Eau Claire

Jan 26, 2022

EAU CLAIRE — While experts say it's not an exact or perfect indicator of COVID-19's spread, efforts to test Eau Claire wastewater for the virus' genetic material is turning up a large volume of data.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is shed from humans in several ways, including in fecal matter, the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene said.

By testing for the virus' genetic material at wastewater facilities — facilities that typically collect communities' wastewater at one central location — scientists can get a "snapshot" of the virus' spread within the community as a whole, the laboratory said.

The city of Eau Claire plays its part in a statewide effort.

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