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A laboratory assistant holds sewage samples collected from Utah State University dormitory's Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Logan, Utah. About 300 students are quarantined to their rooms this week, but not because anyone got sick or tested positive. Instead, the warning bells came from the sewage. Colleges around the country are monitoring wastewater in hopes of stopping coronavirus outbreaks before they get out of hand. Utah State became at least the second school to quarantine hundreds of students after sewage tests detected the virus. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Colleges combating coronavirus turn to stinky savior: sewage

Sep. 6, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Days after he crossed the country to start college, Ryan Schmutz received a text message from Utah State University: COVID-19 had been detected at his dorm. Within 10 minutes, he dropped the crepes he was making and was whisked away by bus to a testing site. “We didn’t...

Workers test Utah State University students for COVID-19 on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Hyde Park, Utah. Students from four dorms were tested and quarantined after the virus was detected in the wastewater from those buildings. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)

Utah State quarantines students as COVID found in wastewater

Aug. 31, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Utah State University quarantined nearly 300 students for COVID-19 after wastewater samples from four dormitories showed elevated levels of the coronavirus, according to school officials. The college said Sunday that 287 students would be tested who live in the Rich, Jones, Morgan and...

People disinfect as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Health officials prepare to tighten distancing restrictions in the greater capital area. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Nearly 500K register for free tests in Hong Kong

Aug. 30, 2020 10:09 PM EDT

HONG KONG — Hong Kong authorities say nearly half a million people have registered for a free universal coronavirus testing program that is due to begin Tuesday. Residents registering online have already booked out 80 testing sites located in gymnasiums and community centers for the initial day of the...