Waste Water Monitoring

The GNWT wastewater monitoring program collects regular samples of wastewater (sewage) from Behchokǫ̀, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Inuvik, Norman Wells, Tulita, and Yellowknife to test for COVID-19, Influenza, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). This form of monitoring can uncover trends of these viruses 4-10 days earlier than clinical data would.

The presence of COVID-19, Influenza, and RSV in wastewater samples does not mean that there is an active presence of these viruses in the community.

However, collecting this information can still serve as an early warning system, helping the health and social services system provide targeted advice to communities.

For more information: Wastewater Monitoring | Health and Social Services (gov.nt.ca)


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