Wastewater tests positive for COVID in Cazenovia

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WAMPSVILLE — In an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Madison County Department of Health has partnered with the town and village of Cazenovia to test wastewater for COVID-19 from the wastewater treatment plant serving the Village of Cazenovia.

The presence of COVID-19 in wastewater can be an early indicator that cases of COVID-19 in the community may be increasing. Research has shown that non-infectious RNA (ribonucleic acid) from the virus that causes COVID-19 can be detected in wastewater as many as three to seven days before those infections lead to increases in case counts or hospitalizations.

This emerging information is being used by Madison County in conjunction with our community case numbers and other COVID-19-related data to further inform decisions as we respond to the pandemic.

Recently, wastewater sample results collected from the wastewater treatment system serving the village of Cazenovia was positive for COVID-19. This may be an indicator of an uptick in COVID-19 activity in the community, officials said.

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