Wednesday, March 24, 3 p.m.

A new wastewater testing dashboard is now available in the dashboard section of this website. UC Berkeley monitors levels of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in sewage at several locations around campus. This wastewater monitoring allows for broader tracking of virus levels in the campus population that is unbiased by who accesses individual testing. It may also provide an early warning of outbreaks, because people with COVID-19 may shed the virus in feces before they show symptoms (and even if they never show symptoms). UC Berkeley began monitoring several campus wastewater locations for SARS-CoV-2 beginning in summer 2020. Sample collection is conducted by a team from the campus Office of Environment, Health & Safety, and testing of the samples is performed in a temporary laboratory established by Prof. Kara Nelson’s research group.