The Flagstaff City Council was supposed to be off this week, however, a special meeting has been called for 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall. The lone topic is to discuss allocating $50-thousand for wastewater testing for COVID-19 at elementary and middle schools in Flagstaff. Mayor Paul Deasy says “this could provide early warning of COVID outbreaks in our schools.” He says it’s a “collaborative effort between NAU, FUSD and the City of Flagstaff.” NAU started testing wastewater in Northern Arizona in 2020, to help determine the spread of COVID-19. Because the virus leaves the body in waste, the CDC believes sewage is a viable avenue for its detection. There is limited seating in council chambers during meetings. The meeting will also be streamed online on the city’s website. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.
To read more about the CDC’s wastewater testing program, click here: