COVID-19 detected in Wolfville, N.S., wastewater in experimental research

The Town of Wolfville says new research has detected coronavirus in the town’s wastewater.

In October, Fredericton-based company LuminUltra filed a patent for technology that it says can help provide quick and early detection of COVID-19 in a community.

The company, alongside researchers at Dalhousie University, say testing sewage is portable and less costly than traditional laboratory testing.

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LuminUltra partnered with Acadia University to conduct research on Wolfville’s municipal wastewater system.

In a release on Friday, the Town of Wolfville stated COVID-19 was detected in its sewage.

“This research is still experimental so can’t be considered definitive. But it could be a signal that COVID-19 is present in our community,” read the release.

In a provincial update on Friday, chief of health Dr. Robert Strang said Public Health is expanding the COVID-19 intake centre in that area as a result of the findings.

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Strang said the research might indicate that COVID-19 has spread to that community.

The province said health officials are hoping to have pop-up rapid testing site in Wolfville later this week.

The town is advising residents to monitor for symptoms.

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Global News has reached out to Wolfville Mayor Wendy Donovan for reaction to the story.

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