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MetCom, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and St. Mary’s County Health Department to Study COVID-19 in Wastewater

The St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom), the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD), and St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), have partnered on a pilot project to monitor the presence of COVID-19 in local wastewater. Detecting novel coronavirus in local wastewater before outbreaks of coronavirus disease happen allows for early public health intervention to suppress disease and readying of health care resources. “We need to think about the long-term with COVID-19. We may be dealing with this virus for years,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “This pilot study on virus in wastewater helps us plan for longer-term monitoring. In the future, when this pandemic is over, we may have to play whack-a-rona with this virus – pick up on early signs of it re-emerging and aggressively implement public health measures to suppress it before it becomes an epidemic.” “The Metropolitan Commission is excited about the opportunity to help quantify the scale of this virus and potentially determine if there is a population link to a specific wastewater treatment plant,” said George Erichsen, MetCom Executive Director. “MetCom facilities process wastewater produced by local residences and businesses so we have a perfect opportunity to work with the […]

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