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Maloney Applauds New York State Wastewater COVID-19 Testing Pilot Program, Renews Call for Nationwide Testing

Aug 17, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Applauds New York State Wastewater COVID-19 Testing Pilot Program, Renews Call for Nationwide Testing
Newburgh selected as pilot program community for new COVID-19 testing program

 

Newburgh, NY – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) applauded New York State’s announcement of a pilot program aimed at detecting the presence of COVID-19 in wastewater. The $500,000 program will support sample collection of wastewater in Newburgh, located in New York’s 18th Congressional District, and will help New York State determine the future of a statewide wastewater testing initiative.

 

“Testing wastewater for COVID-19 is an important tool in our toolkit as we work to contain and beat this virus. I applaud the Governor and New York State for piloting this program here in Newburgh, and again call on the White House to cut the red tape and help localities across the country implement this testing method. We need innovative, new ways to help high-risk communities catch outbreaks of the virus before it spreads,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

 

In late July, Rep. Maloney called on the White House and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease, to support funding opportunities for localities nationwide to establish wastewater testing programs for COVID-19, and expedite funding for nontraditional testing programs through the National Institutes of Health.

 

Rep. Maloney’s letter to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Senior Advisor to the President, Jared Kushner regarding nationwide wastewater testing can be found here.

 

There are nearly 15,000 wastewater treatment plants throughout the United States, covering nearly 75 percent of the country’s population. Laboratories testing wastewater for COVID-19 can detect spikes in coronavirus infections weeks before clinical diagnoses, including instances of the virus in asymptomatic carriers. Testing wastewater in communities near high-density, high-risk populations, like nursing homes, schools, prisons and college dormitories will allow targeted individual testing in an earlier, potentially lifesaving manner. Currently, there is no nationwide program implemented to test wastewater samples for COVID-19.

 

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