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Wastewater COVID-19 testing heading to San Luis

SAN LUIS, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The City of San Luis partners up with the University of Arizona's COVID project to detect any potential outbreak.

The City of San Luis said the program UArizona's early warning sewage testing pilot project detects COVID in sewage days before people begin to show symptoms.

The testing is samples two times per week at each sewage treatment plant in the city. In the event COVID concentrations increase, samples will be analyzed to narrow the affected area.

The city says its goal is to obtain early warning or rising incidence in a targeted area to take safety measures in alerting the community to slow the spread.

Mayor of San Luis, Gerardo Sanchez, said, “The City of San Luis decided to be a part of the University of Arizona early warning sewage testing project to ensure we are doing our best to help keep our community safe. It is important to be a part of this project because it has proven to be very effective in other cities,” he concluded.

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Mercedes Martinez joined the KSWT team as anchor/producer in October 2020. You can catch her on 13 On Your Side at 4:00pm.

Mercedes was born in San Diego and raised in the border-town of Calexico, California. She is an Imperial Valley native and definitely no stranger to Yuma county.

Mercedes began her journalism career at San Jose State University as she was a part of their campus newscast that aired every Friday, joined “El Espartano Noticias,” and was an on-air talent for the San Jose Film Festival in 2017. Her highlight during that time was the opportunity to interview actress, Jane Lynch.

Mercedes then continued her journey to CSU Sacramento and received her B.A in Journalism and minor in Communication Studies. She did an internship with Telemundo in Sacramento, which allowed her to gain experience and build relationships.

Mercedes believes that everyone has a story and should use their voice to tell it and inspire others.

Outside of work, Mercedes spends time with her friends and family. She is passionate about cooking, baking, traveling, playing guitar and writing songs.

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