eSCOUT – Environmental Surveillance for COVID-19 in Ohio: Understanding Transmission

Purpose We aim to build a public-private partnership to conduct a large-scale surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in the “wild” to discover the environmental and animal reservoirs that harbor the virus long-term, assess the hazard of virus entry to the human population from the environment (spillover), and study the virus adaptions/mutations in real-time to inform public health responses and preparedness.

Read the eSCOUT-white paper-2020.

February 2021: See an update on our eSCOUT Project that was presented by Dr. Vanessa Hale at the Midwest Veterinary Conference. The presentation  is available here (46 minutes).

We are actively looking for collaborators and sponsors for this critical program.   Please contact Seth Faith,, to learn how you can engage with eSCOUT.

Check out our news page for more information about SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater and animals.