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Interactive Map Shows SARS-CoV-2 Levels In Utah Wastewater Treatment Facilities

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is offering a new tool to help track the coronavirus in the state.

The DEQ’s interactive map shows the areas where SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in Utah’s wastewater. It allows users to see the recent trends on a scale ranging from “not detected” to “present, no trend,” to “decreasing” to “increasing.”

Map: Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Map: Utah Department of Environmental Quality

“Utah DEQ is collecting samples at 42 sewage treatment plants in Utah, representing approximately 80% of the state’s population,” according to the website. “The data from these samples provide a quantitative estimate of the average number of virus RNA gene copies entering the treatment plant and normalized to the number of people living in the sewershed.”

On Wednesday, the only treatment plant that did not detect the virus in the wastewater was in Gunnison City in Sanpete County.

All of Utah County from the Lehi area to Spanish Fork has increasing levels of SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater.

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