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The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the imminent need for rapid surveillance at the community level to track potential outbreak clusters ahead of clinical diagnosis, particularly considering the important role of asymptomatic infection in transmission. Wastewater monitoring has been used as a surrogate to track the extent and spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in communities, particularly when diagnostic testing is limited. This presentation will describe large scale wastewater surveillance at the UC San Diego campus level, as well as the San Diego county level. Learners will also explore how high throughput wastewater SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing helped uncover early and cryptic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern in the county.

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- Describe the high-resolution wastewater surveillance and clinical sequencing system deployed in San Diego by UCSD Technical Solutions
- Discuss the role of high throughput wastewater SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing in identifying transmission of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern
- Apply computational methods as a solution to implementing wastewater surveillance at scale