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Washington County part of COVID monitoring through wastewater treatment plant tracking

The City of Hagerstown’ s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), in separate studies with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been collecting wastewater samples from the plant since January in order to analyze them for signs of and tendencies related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the City’s wastewater.

Through what is termed “wastewater surveillance” (also known as wastewater-based epidemiology), which examines the genetic sequences found in sewage and tests for metabolites . . .