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COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Wastewater Dashboard

Clemson University monitors virus levels in sewage at three wastewater treatment plants to provide information on the extent of infected individuals at the community level. One on campus services the campus community plus a small subdivision located within the City of Clemson. The Cochran Road treatment plant services the City of Clemson to the west and north of Highway 93. The Pendleton/Clemson treatment plant services the Town of Pendleton and the City of Clemson that is east and south of Highway 93. Samples are collected over a 24 hour period (representing a “composite”) on a weekly or bi-weekly basis from the “headworks,” the location where all of the sewage enters the treatment plant.

The detection limit is ~1,000 copies per liter. When concentrations are below ~10,000 copies per liter, it is unlikely that there is active transmission in the “sewershed.” Between 10,000 and 100,000 copies per liter, there is reason to pay close attention to the potential for transmission; these levels can serve as an early warning sign that the virus is starting to spread exponentially. Levels above 100,000 copies per liter are associated with rapid increases in the numbers of infected individuals. Levels above 1,000,000 copies per liter are associated with numerous individuals within a community who are infected and shedding the virus. Additional samples are being collected within the campus sewershed to identify areas where infections may be concentrated.

COVID-19 Testing Dashboard Public South Carolina Data (SCDHEC) Public National Data (CDC)