Ontario’s COVID-19 wastewater testing program gets an $18M boost – CBC

The program has funding to continue until March 2024

Apr 03, 2023

Ontario’s COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance program is slated to continue for the next year thanks to an $18.7-million investment from the provincial government.

Since March 2022 researchers across the province have tested wastewater from municipalities across Ontario to measure the prevalence of COVID-19 in seven regions.

Gustavo Ybazeta, a researcher with the Health Sciences North Institute in Sudbury, said the program provides valuable data to health units and municipalities so they can respond to the virus.

“You know, actions or interventions that will help to avoid the spread of outbreaks or have more people infected,” he said.

Ybazeta said that with PCR testing on the decline, findings from wastewater testing, along with the number hospitalizations due to COVID-19, are the two most important pieces of information to understand the virus’ prevalence in the community.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/covid-wastewater-testing-1.6798047

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