Michigan universities and health departments get money to test wastewater for COVID-19

Universities and colleges such as Michigan State University, Saginaw Valley State University, Oakland University, Hope College, and Ferris State University are each getting hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in Michigan State University’s case more than one million dollars, for things like training, sample collection and analysis. Scientists watch for upticks in the amount of virus in the waste, and from there can alert local health departments to head-off a potential surge. $307,387 to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan for the Northern Michigan Regional Lab to monitor sites$171,708 to the City of Traverse City$151,929 to White Water Associates, Inc. in partnership with the Iron-Dickinson and Delta-Menominee Health Departments$111,708 to Central Michigan University$110,092 to Kent County Health Department$106,870 to Oakland County Health Division$118,000 to Lake Superior State University$92,588 awarded to Northern Michigan UniversityThe following 29 local public health departments are participating:Allegan County Health DepartmentBay County Health DepartmentCentral Michigan District Health DepartmentChippewa County Health DepartmentDetroit Health DepartmentDickinson-Iron District Health DepartmentDistrict Health Department No. 2Genesee County Health DepartmentGrand Traverse County Health DepartmentHealth Department of Northwest MichiganHuron County Health DepartmentIngham County Health DepartmentKent County Health DepartmentLapeer County Health DepartmentLivingston County Health DepartmentMacomb County Health DepartmentMarquette County Health DepartmentMidland County Health DepartmentMid-Michigan District Health DepartmentOakland County Health DivisionOttawa County Department of Public HealthPublic Health - Muskegon CountyPublic Health, Delta & Menominee CountiesSaginaw County Health DepartmentSt. Clair County Health DepartmentWashtenaw County Department of Public HealthWayne County Department of Health, Human & Veterans ServicesWestern Upper Peninsula Health DepartmentEGLE will coordinate sample collection, lab analysis, data reporting and communication with the local monitoring teams across Michigan. MDHHS will provide project support to participating local health departments, including how to integrate local wastewater data with other types of COVID-19 surveillance and public health responses.