Wastewater Effluent Monitoring for the Presence of COVID-19
Please join the GFL AWMA Chapter for this free online webinar!
Speaker: Katrina Korfmacher, Ph.D.
Where: Online Webinar - Zoom
When: Noon, Wednesday October 21, 2020
Cost: Free Event
Registration: Please register online at Events
News headlines have highlighted efforts to test wastewater for SARS-CoV-2. Although the virus is thought to quickly become non-infective in wastewater, remnants of RNA can still be detected. Researchers have found that SARS-CoV-2 RNA in wastewater trends predict cases of Covid-19 in the population by 5-7 days. This observation has increased interest in using wastewater surveillance as an ‘early warning system’ at both the community and institutional level. Dr. Korfmacher will talk about how public, private and academic institutions in Monroe County have been exploring the potential of this tool…and putting it into practice in our community.
Katrina Korfmacher is Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine and Director of Community Engagement for the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC). She holds a MS in Water Quality Management and PhD in Environmental Studies from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Dr. Korfmacher has worked with community partnerships and national groups related to childhood lead poisoning prevention, healthy homes, air quality, land use, and other environmental justice issues for 20 years and currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council. She is author of numerous journal articles and Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities (MIT Press 2019).