Bergen County officials say researchers will test the county’s wastewater for COVID-19 to protect residents from the virus.
Bergen County Executive Director Jim Tedesco says researchers can open shafts or go to a water treatment plant and test a water sample for a virus. From there, the county can use this data as a predictor to see if people are getting sick or not, or if there will be a new jump in coronavirus cases.
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Tedesco says researchers could test sewage coming out of a nursing home or critical care facility to see if people inside are at risk.
“So, if we suddenly see a rise, [we can] go in there and start talking to people, “What’s going on? Maybe you need to separate people, maybe you need to be tested every day, ”says Tedesco.
Bergen County is collaborating with Columbia University to launch this program. Testing began in May. Officials say this is especially important in Bergen County, where more than 200 cases of COVID-19 are observed per day.