Plenary 8: Emerging Issues and New Technologies 3 - SARS-CoV 2
10:50am - 11:10am
Whole campus wastewater surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 for COVID-19 outbreak management
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
In this long-term study students’ accommodation in the Technion were monitored through wastewater surveillance. Results were used to create a ‘traffic-light’ scheme allowing the Technion’s COVID-19 committee to follow the COVID-19 spread in the campus. 87.4% of the samples were negative for SARS-CoV-2 RNA while 11.5% were positive, corroborating morbidity information the COVID-19 committee had. 1.1% of the samples were positive, while the committee had no information about positive students. In these events, new cases were identified after students were tested for COVID-19. The study emphasises the importance of wastewater-based epidemiology for COVID-19 monitoring, and as an early warning system.
11:10am - 11:30am
Wastewater based epidemiology: deriving Omicron shedding rates from sewer data
1tu delft; 2partners4urbanwater; 3kwr
Wastewater surveillance or wastewater based epidemiology (WBE) for SARS-CoV-2 has seen a rapid development since early 2020. Several authors have attempted to model the incidence data derived from the number of positive tests in formal testing facilities, using sewer data. In this abstract, we describe the research performed aiming to derive Omicron shedding rates based on sewer and incidence data.
11:30am - 11:50am
Passive Sampling for Sewage Surveillance: A review
1Environmental and Public Health Microbiology Laboratory (EPHM Lab), Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton, Victoria, 3810, Australia; 2Water, Health and Applied Microbiology Laboratory, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph