Cache County COVID-19 Spike Detected In Sewage Before Human Test Results

Jun 12, 2020

The Logan sewage lagoons as seen on Thursday. COVID-19 was detected in sewage analyzed at the Hyrum and Logan wastewater treatment plants during a study by the Utah Division of Environmental Quality.
Credit Eli Lucero/Herald Journal

The recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Cache County was detected in sewage at the Hyrum and Logan wastewater treatment plants before it showed up in human test results.


The Utah Division of Water Quality started collecting coronavirus data from 10 treatment plants around the state representing roughly 40 percent of the Utah population as part of a pilot study launched in March. It just so happened the study was in progress when COVID-19 cases — many linked to the JBS meat processing plant in Hyrum — started rising dramatically in Cache County. Read the rest of the story here at


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