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University of Windsor Uses Wastewater Testing to Proactively Address COVID-19 on Campus--Sampling tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday evening

(Windsor, Ontario, March 28, 2021) ­­– As part of the University of Windsor’s ongoing efforts to monitor and screen for COVID-19, daily samples of wastewater across campus are being analysed. Saturday evening, the University was made aware that the wastewater sampling associated with Alumni Hall Residence was positive for SARS-CoV-2.

Once alerted to these results, the University immediately enacted its COVID-19 protections and protocols. As a precautionary measure, residents of Alumni Hall are now under a ‘modified quarantine’ and are being asked to avoid close contact with others and to follow all public health measures.

Working in collaboration with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, on-site testing will be provided to residents of Alumni Hall starting on Sunday morning. Student Health Services are also available to provide additional supports.

The testing of wastewater for COVID-19 is part of a project led by Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) executive director Mike McKay. The team has been collecting and testing wastewater samples from across the region and in other areas of Ontario since the beginning of the pandemic and is now part of a broader network of labs monitoring sewage for early virus detection.

“Early detection of a potential COVID-19 case on campus allows the University to support rapid testing and tracing practices to help reduce the potential of further spread,” said Dr. Chris Houser, Dean of Science. “GLIER’s project allows us to be proactive in our efforts to mitigate the impact COVID-19 on campus.”

The Provincial government recently announced a $12 million investment to support and expand the network.

The University will continue to work closely with the health unit to further mobilize resources in response and support of Alumni Hall residents




Lori Lewis

Manager, Communications & Publications

Office of Public Affairs & Communications

University of Windsor