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The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) announced a statewide system to monitor COVID-19 and its variants in wastewater, which would allow public health officials an early warning of a potential outbreak on a county-by-county basis. Bill Jackson, DPI’s Executive Director, joins Steve Bertrand on Chicago’s Afternoon News to talk about the program and the other projects at the DPI.

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