New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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EP Committee Seeks Long-Term Plan for Tracing COVID-19 in NYC Sewage

ASTORIA – The New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection on October 26 heard testimony on a pilot program to study wastewater for the coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19 and another that would rein in a major source of sewage backups.

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"We have already proven that Covid-19 clusters could be prevented by testing a population's sewage," said Council Member Ben Kallos. "Implementing simple yet effective ways like this one meant to protect against the spread of this virus is the only way we will get ahead of it. We should not waste any more time and pass Intro. 1966 as our country is headed for what could be a third wave of Covid-19 during this winter."

The Committee today discussed Intro. 1966, which would create a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) pilot program to study wastewater for COVID-19 RNA. Done in consultation with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), this would help the City detect new waves of the virus before they spread too far.