What Is the Ohio Coronavirus Wastewater Monitoring Network?
In a new effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, a network across Ohio is studying samples of wastewater to look for the presence of gene copies/fragments of the virus that causes the disease. The initiative is a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), the Ohio Water Resources Center (Ohio WRC) at The Ohio State University, and other participating universities, including The University of Toledo, Kent State University, and The University of Akron. As the network expands, sampling and analysis will include other universities with laboratory capabilities.
The archived dashboard features historical SARS-CoV-2 viral gene copy data from wastewater collection sites that had a change in analyzing laboratories. Due to normal variation in laboratory methods, data from the previous analyzing laboratory cannot be compared to data from the current analyzing laboratory. SARS-CoV-2 viral gene copy trends for the current analyzing laboratory can be viewed on our main dashboard. This archived dashboard also features historical data from sites that are no longer participating in the Ohio Coronavirus Wastewater Monitoring Network. Although SARS-CoV-2 viral gene copy trends are no longer being monitored in the wastewater for these sites, you may access the temporal viral gene copy data for each of the sites in the map below. To see current surveillance data for participating sites, return to the full dashboard.
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