Additional Resources and Opportunities

Are you interested in learning more about how you can participate?

Join us for our Community of Practice (CoP) Meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 11:00 AM. VDH will be using this CoP to keep utilities, analytical laboratories, researchers, and additional partners up to date with our needs to improve wastewater surveillance in the State of Virginia.

Save the date for out Virginia Wastewater Surveillance Community of Practice (CoP) meeting. This meeting is intended to provide a forum for exchange of information and ideas for all parties involved in wastewater surveillance of SARS-CoV-2. An official invite will be sent out in the coming days with a tentative agenda.

 

Presentation topic: Inquiring Virginians Want To Know! Sentinel Monitoring & VDH Dashboard Status!

Join the Webex meeting using this link and the following details:

Meeting number (access code): 132 530 7948

Meeting password: VfAU3e8U4EX

Toll-free dial-in (US): 1-844-992-4726

Please complete the form at this link to submit your contact information to join our CoP listserv.

 

Presentations for prior Community of Practice meetings

Meeting slides for the May 2021 CoP are available here.

Meeting slides for the June 2021 CoP are available here.

Meeting slides for the July 2021 CoP are available here.

Meeting slides for the August 2021 CoP are available here.

Meeting slides for the September 2021 CoP are available here.

Meeting slides for the October 2021 CoP are available here.

Meeting slides for the November/December 2021 CoP are available here.

Meeting slides for the January 2022 CoP are available here.

Meeting slides for the February 2022 CoP are available here.


Localized Projects Application: The Virginia Department of Health’s Wastewater Surveillance (WWS) Team has received CDC BP3 grant funding to invest in localized WWS monitoring projects for SARS-CoV-2. These Localized Projects can assist local health departments in assessing the COVID-19 disease burden and variant prevalence in their community. WWS is a collaborative process that integrates stakeholders from the entire community, including wastewater utilities, research, policy, government, and more. More details on what it is and who can apply are available at this link. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions at rekha.singh@vdh.virginia.gov

Total funds are estimated to support a cumulative 600 samples, which must be applied toward any number of specific Localized Projects. Any group in Virginia can apply for any number of samples funding. Funding for these projects may partially or fully cover expenses for sample laboratory analysis and shipping, but generally does not include the labor and time costs for sample collection. Please complete an application for each project to be considered using the Google Form available at this link.

As part of their cooperative agreement with CDC, WEF is providing autosamplers at no cost to at least 225 small utilities, including those in rural and tribal regions. Please see the program invitation (attached) for more information and instructions on how to submit an application.  Please contact Lisa McFadden (lmcfadden@wef.org) with any questions.

CDC Commercial Contract: CDC has contracted with a commercial laboratory to initiate monitoring for SARS-CoV-2 at wastewater treatment plants not currently involved in a state monitoring program.  They are still looking to enroll in more sites. If you are interested, please contact scott.harding@luminultra.com


For more information on COVID and Wastewater Surveillance, please visit the following pages:

VDH SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater Dashboard (going live soon!)

VDH COVID-19 Data in Virginia 

VDH COVID-19 Data Insights

CDC National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS

CDC COVID Data Tracker: Wastewater Surveillance