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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment expanding COVID wastewater testing

Jul 15, 2022

As a new COVID-19 variant takes hold in Colorado, the state health department is expanding how it monitors the virus. This fall, the plan is to test wastewater samples from specific buildings, starting with schools. 

More than two years into the pandemic, there are countless ways to track the virus' spread, and one useful tools traces back to the bathroom. Experts call it wastewater surveillance, a practice used by the state and universities alike.  

"We're testing to identify COVID-19 virus, quantify how much, and then determine what variants of concern are present in those samples," said Rachel Jervis, an epidemiologist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  

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