BOSTON— CDM Smith is supporting the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with a six-month $780,000 wastewater surveillance pilot project to monitor for COVID-19 at eight VA Community Living Centers across the nation.
The standalone living centers house elderly, disabled, and infirmed veterans—residents that are considered high risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19. The eight facilities are: the Erie VA Medical Center and the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center-Philadelphia VAMC in Pennsylvania; the Fayetteville VA Medical Center in North Carolina; the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Tennessee; the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Texas; the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System-American Lake Division in Washington, and the Sepulveda Out Patient Clinic and Nursing Home in California.
Following strict health and safety protocols, sampling technicians from CDM Smith will collect routine wastewater samples five days a week from sanitary sewer manholes at each facility from January to July. These samples will then be packaged and shipped to a designated VA laboratory to be tested for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Sampling results will help inform VA officials of early virus indications to help limit the spread.
“Wastewater surveillance has been proven to be an effective early warning system to predict COVID-19 outbreaks. We are proud to be able to support the US Department of Veterans Affairs on this significant effort,” said CDM Smith vice president Jay Manik.
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