Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 – 8 a.m.

A group of UC Berkeley researchers have launched a pop-up lab to monitor Bay Area sewage for COVID-19. The researchers spent months refining and optimizing a rapid and low-cost new technique to test wastewater for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Since July, they’ve been working with Environment, Health and Safety to collect samples from University Village and from sewers that drain from residence halls and surrounding neighborhoods.

This month, the team launched a new high-throughput pop-up lab in Hildebrand Hall. The new lab will allow the team to expand their testing across the Bay Area.

Testing of campus wastewater will continue and could serve as an early warning system for a potential outbreak.