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Monitoring 86 locations in Illinois

The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) — an innovation hub part of the University of Illinois System — and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) partnered to create a state public health program that detects pathogens in wastewater to provide the first line of defense in pandemic preparedness.

Find out more below about data from your area.

How do we do it?

Wastewater surveillance involves studying sewage to learn about community health. In May 2021, IDPH enlisted the help of DPI to launch a statewide monitoring program for COVID-19. Wastewater treatment plants from across the state have volunteered to participate in the program, submitting samples twice weekly to monitor COVID-19 trends. Samples are processed and analyzed at the University of Illinois Chicago and then sent to Argonne National Laboratory for genetic sequencing and analysis to identify variants. Results are shared with public health decision-makers, wastewater plant operators and the public through a variety of mechanisms (including this dashboard). DPI and Northwestern University are partnering to interpret and present the data in visual ways.