Wastewater analysis

Dr. Bikram Subedi, assistant professor of analytical chemistry at Murray State University, is seen extracting COVID-19 from wastewater. He and Dr. Gary ZeRuth, associate professor of biology, are assisting in a project to analyze Graves County wastewater to spot coronavirus outbreaks before they are detected through testing.

MURRAY – Two Murray State University professors are assisting in a project to potentially spot COVID-19 outbreaks before they show up in a community’s testing by analyzing wastewater samples.

According to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (FHK), the study is testing wastewater in Mayfield with the goal of pinpointing community outbreaks of COVID-19 before residents even experience symptoms. The hope is that the project’s findings could allow for more narrowly targeted measures to prevent further spread of the disease. The project a partnership between FHK, the Graves County Health Department, Mayfield Electric and Water Systems, Murray State and the University of Louisville Co-Immunity Project.