Testing wastewater can help get an early warning for the presence of virus in for assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and nursing homes. Geosyntec can monitor the prevalence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in your facility by testing wastewater from your sewer system
Senior living facilities can utilize samples of wastewater analyzed for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to assist with making data-driven decisions regarding easing visitor restrictions, allowing group activities, and restoring communal dining.
How We Can Help
Geosyntec employs reverse transcriptase-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) for detecting SARS-CoV-2 in sewage and environmental samples. Our analysis reduces the potential for false positives by detecting unique SARS-CoV-2 genes on the viral RNA. Positive and negative controls, as well as internal amplification controls, ensure each analysis is accurate and will yield a positive result if the viral RNA is present. Geosyntec’s analytical approach is:
- We sample wastewater to monitor for the presence of the virus to provide time-critical information to make data-driven decisions for safe operations
- We develop facility-wide best management practices consistent with requirements provided in available guidance to help you establish a Standard of Care
- We test the efficacy of disinfection protocols and provide verification sampling
- We provide third-party audits of disinfection procedures to ensure continued compliance with established protocols
- We create confidence that the facility is implementing Best Management Practices to ensure the health and well-being of staff and residents
Duane Graves, Ph.D.
Duane Graves is a microbiologist and subject matter expert with more than 30 years of experience solving challenging problems in biotechnology, biological contamination, forensics, remediation, and environmental microbiology and chemistry. A recognized expert in developing and deploying practical innovations for pathogenic and biological agents, he implemented the first commercial application of real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) for the onsite detection of Anthrax for the US Postal Service. He has worked with hotel management firms, public buildings, the US Air Force, NASA, insurers, a nuclear power plant, various industries, and attorneys to address microbe-related issues and support litigation.
Nandra Weeks, P.E.
Nandra Weeks is a nationally recognized environmental engineer with more than 30 years of experience focused on environmental and regulatory compliance, human health and ecological risk management, environmental health and safety, industrial hygiene, air quality, and litigation support.