Ohio Coronavirus Wastewater Monitoring Network: Implementation of Statewide Monitoring for Protecting Public Health

Zuzana Bohrerova, Nichole E. Brinkman, Ritu Chakravarti, Saurabh Chattopadhyay, Seth A. Faith, Jay Garland, James Herrin, Natalie Hull, Michael Jahne, Dae Wook Kang, Scott P. Keely, Jiyoung Lee, Stan Lemeshow, John Lenhart, Eva Lytmer, Devesh Malgave, Lin Miao, Angela Minard-Smith, Xiaozhen Mou, Maitreyi NagarkarAnda Quintero, Francesca D.R. Savona, John Senko, Joan L. Slonczewski, Rachel R. Spurbeck, Michael G. Sovic, R. Travis Travis, Linda K. Weavers, Mark Weir

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Context: Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, wastewater influent monitoring for tracking disease burden in sewered communities was not performed in Ohio, and this field was only on the periphery of the state academic research community. Program: Because of the urgency of the pandemic and extensive state-level support for this new technology to detect levels of community infection to aid in public health response, the Ohio Water Resources Center established relationships and support of various stakeholders. This enabled Ohio to develop a statewide wastewater SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) monitoring network in 2 months starting in July 2020. Implementation: The current Ohio CoronavirusWastewater Monitoring Network (OCWMN) monitors more than 70 unique locations twice per week, and publicly available data are updated weekly on the public dashboard. Evaluation: This article describes the process and decisions that were made during network initiation, the network progression, and data applications, which can inform ongoing and future pandemic response and wastewater monitoring. Discussion: Overall, the OCWMN established wastewater monitoring infrastructure and provided a useful tool for public health professionals responding to the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)845-853
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2023

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  • COVID-19 variants
  • early warning
  • public health response
  • wastewater surveillance
  • wastewater-based epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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