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Davis residents can now view local COVID-19 rates, tracked via wastewater testing

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Davis residents, as well as residents in some other central valley communities, can now check local COVID-19 rates based on their city’s wastewater via the Healthy Central Valley Together (HCVT) program, a collaboration between UC Davis and UC Merced researchers. 

According to the HCVT website, the program currently tracks the spread of COVID-19 via wastewater from water treatment plants in the cities of Davis, Woodland, Winters, Esparto, Merced, Turlock, Modesto and Los Banos. 

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Free COVID-19 mobile testing for Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties will launch Monday

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MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A new COVID-19 mobile testing van for Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties will launch beginning Monday, Jan. 4, Rep. Josh Harder announced Thursday.

“We heard from communities across the Valley that we’re low on testing capacity — so we went and found some more,” Harder, D-Turlock, said in a statement. “The first step in combating the virus is understanding where it is. This will give us a better chance to do that while also giving people more opportunities to get tested.”

Curative, a national oral COVID-19 testing provider, will offer a self-administered oral test, instead of a nasal swab.

The test is free to all individuals, including those without insurance, and can be administered to children, according to Harder’s office.

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