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Potential Presence of and Risks from COVID-19 in Water
While some people may not have considered the potential presence for and risks from COVID-19 for people working or recreating along, on, or near lakes, rivers, estuaries and oceans, there is great concern among Extension educators, research administrators, and volunteer water monitoring coordinators on what is known, uncertain and unknown about the potential for risks from COVID-19 in the water environment.

A team of researchers/educators/students from Oregon Sea Grant including Sam Chan, Linda Serniak Tucker, Tania Siemen, Winnie Kong, Aaron Catchart and Daniel Arisa will present findings from their synthesis of research to inform a discussion on conditions that could lead to a higher risk from SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus (COVID-19) in coastal (lakes, rivers, estuaries and oceans) waters and their implications for prevention when working or recreating near or in the coastal water environment.

They will provide an overview on key issues, research findings, knowledge gaps, emerging opportunities (e.g., wastewater surveillance) to date, and will highlight some examples of outreach being done by different organizations on COVID-19 in coastal water environments.

During the webinar, they hope to stimulate discussions on priority needs and areas, and to tap existing areas of strength (e.g., water quality monitoring and outreach on E. coli, parasites, HAB and toxin alerts informing beach closure and shell-fish consumption) for collaborative Extension outreach programming and research relevant to water Extension and Sea Grant.

Sep 29, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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