Detecting COVID in Wastewater

Communities across the U.S., including Lake County, through the North Shore Water Reclamation District, are using wastewater surveillance as an early warning system for COVID-19, as mentioned in this very interesting report recently from NPR (https://www.npr.org/…/1062493635/testing-omicron-in-sewage). As a trustee of the NSWRD representing Highland Park, Highwood, and parts of Lake Forest, I’m glad to see this important work receiving some national media attention, and I agree with a recent statement from the Rockefeller Foundation that this type of surveillance is beneficial because it allows researchers to identify variants, such as omicron, at the local level. The more we know about where omicron is and where it’s spreading, the smarter we can be about knowing what we can do to keep our communities safe.

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