NC Wastewater Being Tested for COVID-19
Officials are now testing sewage as a way to track the spread of COVID-19. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website, the state is testing samples from select wastewater treatment plants for the virus that causes COVID-19. People with COVID-19 shed viral particles in their stool. The department of health and human services said the particles in a person’s stool are no longer infectious but can still be measured. The information is used to help better understand a specific community’s COVID rate – including whether the virus is on the rise in a specific area. This project to test the sewage is a collaboration between the Department of Health and Human Services, UNC Chapel Hill, wastewater utilities in various cities and public health departments. Greensboro’s wastewater treatment center is one of the select places where samples are being collected.