Notice Regarding Wastewater Testing Of Dorms

Notice Regarding Wastewater Testing Of Dorms

The following information was shared Tuesday, August 25 with current residents. Please refer to the University's main Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page regularly for important campus information.

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 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 accurate method for detecting COVID-19 on campus.

You may be wondering, “What does this have to do with me?

If the levels of COVID-19 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.

Wastewater testing of the dorms began on August 17. 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 t3@arizona.edu.