Courtesy of Virginia Department of Health via Twitter

Virginia’s health department will test sewage in various parts of the state to help pinpoint possible coronavirus outbreaks.

The department will have up to 25 wastewater monitoring sites across the state, with the goal of detecting the virus in the waste of infected people and possibly stemming a surge in cases before it starts, The Associated Press reported, citing the Danville Register & Bee.

The Register & Bee report was based on a weekly update from the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute, which works with state health officials, according to AP.

The monitoring sites weren’t disclosed in the report, though department officials are attempting to recruit area utilities to participate in the testing program, according to AP.

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