A statewide COVID-19 wastewater monitoring program piloted in 2020 resulted in all 20 participating sites detecting the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater samples. The results hold promise for future efforts to detect and respond to outbreaks of the virus, according to data published by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
EGLE has developed a dashboard to display data from the pilot project. In conjunction with this dashboard, EGLE created a story map website that elaborates on this collaborative wastewater surveillance pilot project and includes an interactive data summary.
"EGLE is proud to bring its expertise in testing and data management to support this important, potentially life-saving work," said EGLE Director Liesl Clark. "This project is yet another great example of state agencies working collaboratively with universities, municipalities and local health departments to slow the spread of COVID-19."
Visit the EGLE story map website, and for more information on wastewater monitoring, visit the State of Michigan Wastewater Surveillance for COVID-19 website.
Photo caption: Two individuals place an autosampler for COVID-19 wastewater testing at Wayne State University.