Wastewater was tested for COVID-19 using a sensitive PCR test for coronavirus RNA. Wastewater samples were processed to obtain purified RNA, which was tested in the Conoco Phillips Integrated Science Building laboratory at UAA by a validated COVID-19 PCR detection assay, with a detection limit of <100 COVID-19 RNA copies/L (UAA, 26 June 2020). Methods for detecting SARS-CoV-2 in sewage are adapted from CDC protocols and detects genetic fragments of the virus. It does not determine if the virus is
dead or alive or the number of infected people.
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