Boston plans to set up 11 wastewater testing stations in the city to monitor spikes of , the COVID-19 virus.
According to the Boston Public Health Commission, the city has begun partnering with vendors in order to build the sites because COVID-19 levels of wastewater have been rising across the region.
Boston’s public-health commissioner Dr. Bisola Objikutu said that the city would be sampling the water at the locations on a weekly basis. Ojikutu stated that the testing will help monitor the city for new forms of the disease.
According to The Boston Globe, Ojikutu made these comments Monday at a Boston City Council meeting.
Current information being received by the city comes from 22 nearby cities, including Boston. Officials from the city’s health department hope the Boston testing sites can help them understand what is happening in a particular neighborhood.
To pay for the project, the city will tap $3.9 million of federal funding.
In Eastern Massachusetts, Coronavirus levels have been increasing in recent weeks.
The monitoring of levels of virus in wastewater can be used as an early warning system. It detects changes before people can test and reports the results to the public health officials.