In this week’s “UVA Weekly” video update, viewers can learn more about wastewater testing, plans for saliva testing to detect COVID-19, and the details of the University of Virginia’s quarantine and isolation procedures for students.
President Jim Ryan opens the video, discussing new restrictions put in place on Wednesday to help limit the spread of COVID-19 on Grounds. The restrictions, which are in place for at least two weeks, include a gathering limit of five people, increased requirements for mask-wearing, and limitations on travel to and from Grounds.
Fourth-year student Davion Zeno discusses quarantine and isolation procedures, while Dr. Amy Mathers discusses the wastewater testing procedures UVA is using to detect coronavirus in dormitories. Mathers, associate director of clinical microbiology, runs one of UVA’s testing labs.
The video closes with a segment on the Cavalier field hockey team, whose members began fostering local shelter animals during the pandemic this summer, and a look ahead to UVA’s football game against the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday.