SOMERVILLE (CBS) — Somerville will soon be looking to its sewage for warning signs of a potential coronavirus surge in the community. The city announced Thursday it is partnering with Northeastern University and sewer engineering firm Stantec for a wastewater testing program.
Somerville believes it’s the first municipality in Massachusetts to look for coronavirus in the sewers. It’s a tactic that has been tried elsewhere in the country, including universities and a water district in Maine. The city says it could help reveal “COVID-19 hotspots” up to two weeks before standard testing.