Mar. 5, 2021 : UB launches pilot program to test wastewater for COVID-19

This week, UB researchers will begin testing wastewater from a small portion of on-campus housing for SARS-CoV-2, a pilot program designed to help mitigate the spread of the virus and protect the campus community.

The program, which will complement — not replace — the weekly surveillance testing of all members of the UB community who are on campus regularly, will provide a greater understanding of COVID-19’s presence among students living on campus.

It also could help spot emerging outbreaks and improve the university’s response to such occurrences.