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Health officials test wastewater in Macomb for COVID-19

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MACOMB (WGEM) -- McDonough County health officials are getting some help to get a handle on the COVID-19 situation in Macomb.

The McDonough County Health Department and Macomb Public Works are testing wastewater for COVID-19.

Chris Adams is the Environmental Health Director. He said the data is helping get a better picture of COVID-19 in the community, instead of just relying on people getting tested.

“Help us before the cases and that’s what they’re doing here. We’re collecting the samples to allow us to get a baseline. So in even in the future, it will prepare us for any future activity with the COVID-19 virus.”

Health department officials said they use this data to better determine where they need to focus their efforts from a public awareness standpoint.

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Jayda Hill

Jayda Hill is a Multimedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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