NOTICE REGARDING WASTEWATER TESTING OF DORMS
We are so excited to have you with us on campus. Following the advice of public health and medical experts, the University of Arizona has developed a comprehensive plan to keep our campus community as safe and healthy as possible. The core of this plan is our Test, Trace, Treat initiative, in addition to following CDC guidelines for prevention.
We wanted to let you know about one of the Test, Trace, Treat strategies that will occur on campus, Wastewater-Based Epidemiology.
An Environmental Science research team with expertise in wastewater-based epidemiology will test the wastewater that comes out of our dorms and other buildings on campus for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This testing does not identify individuals or even floors of the dorm or building that might have infections. However, it is a very sensitive method for detecting COVID-19 on campus.
You may be wondering, “What does this have to do with me?”
If the levels of SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater from a particular dorm or building reach high enough levels, our public health professionals on campus may recommend testing all residents of the dorm or regular occupants of the campus building, regardless of vaccination status.
Results from a specific dorm will not be shared publicly.
If you have questions about this testing, please contact our Test, Trace, Treat team at firstname.lastname@example.org.