University of Iowa Pilots COVID-19 Wastewater Testing

The University of Iowa is beginning its COVID-19 wastewater testing pilot to help identify virus trends on campus.

While the process is very new, the testing program will first focus on residence halls and is intended to serve as a potential early warning sign for detecting COVID-19 clusters among the student population.

“If people are sick, they will shed the virus,” said David Cwiertny, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the UI’s Center for Health Effects and Environmental Contamination.

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