COVID-19 is a single-stranded RNA virus and part of a group of viruses referred to as coronaviruses. Pace Analytical can test, analyze, and monitor water samples collected from wastewater treatment facilities for coronavirus RNA, the genetic signature of coronaviruses. Ongoing monitoring of RNA in wastewater provides states and communities with valuable data to:
- Measure the prevalence of COVID-19 within a community;
- Track the spread of the virus;
- Alert communities to a rise in RNA levels (infections) before clinical diagnoses occur.
Pace COVID-19 Wastewater Testing and Analysis Services identifies contamination in influent and effluent wastewater using RT-qPCR to perform the analysis. Through ongoing sampling and monitoring of results, wastewater treatment data becomes a resource for tracking the prevalence of infections and where there may be potential spikes in COVID-19 cases. This information could prove valuable in mitigating the spread of the virus and/or to ensure communities and healthcare facilities have the resources ready to respond.
Pace Analytical is the leading environmental laboratory in the US, and Vice President, Johnny Mitchell, will be teaching this webinar.