WATERTOWN — The ongoing presence of COVID-19 in Jefferson County is demonstrated by it being present in the city’s wastewater.
The Jefferson County Public Health Service issued a news release on Friday saying that on Tuesday, Aug. 17, a test sample found that COVID-19 was present in influent points A and B of the city’s wastewater facility.
“These reports, in line with the spike in cases currently happening in Jefferson County, demonstrate a significant presence of virus, support the increase in transmissions currently happening, and are a prediction of further increased cases and hospitalizations over the next 7-14 days,” the release states.
In July 2020, the health department formed a partnership with the City of
Watertown to submit wastewater specimens to Quadrant Biosciences in Syracuse to test weekly and determine COVID-19 quantifiable prevalence in the city and surrounding communities that utilize the city’s wastewater treatment facility. The city’s wastewater treatment facility services approximately