Dr. Richard Melvin Monitors Duluth Beaches for the Presence of SARS-CoV-2

Pictured: Lab technician, Sam Metropulos, collecting surface water samples on the shores of Lake Superior at Gitchi Gammi Park (Brighton Beach), located in Two Harbors, Minn.

Richard Melvin, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Sciences, received funding from the Minnesota Sea Grant Program to monitor surface water near eight Duluth beaches for the presence of COVID-19. 

“It’s important to know that even though we have not detected SARS-CoV-2 in the water, transmission prevention when you’re at the beach still requires you to social distance and wear face coverings around other people,” Dr. Melvin said.

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