WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Eastern Michigan University will soon begin testing wastewater for infectious diseases such as COVID-19, the university recently announced.
The university is partnering with the Michigan-based firmto track the presence of the virus in wastewater flowing from residence halls and apartment complexes on the EMU campus, according to a news release. While the monitoring process is not diagnostic, it could provide an early detection of asymptomatic cases, the university said.
“Wastewater testing is another important method to track the prevalence of COVID-19 on our campus,” EMU President James Smith said. “The results of the tests will help us pinpoint any concerning trends and expand individual testing among specific populations as necessary.”
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