Lorain community partners start initiative to provide free COVID-19 testing to Lorain City Schools staff and students

LORAIN, Ohio — A group of community partners have joined together to provide a great service for Lorain City Schools.

Lorain County Public Health, Mercy Health of Lorain and a university medical research partner have partnered together to provide free COVID-19 testing for Lorain City Schools staff and students, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Graham announced.

“COVID-19 testing in Lorain is critical to help our schools not only to assure we react very quickly to any positive case and to assess our mitigation strategies, but also to get a picture of school/community spread to inform us on future decisions,” Graham wrote in the official announcement email. “We believe that an expanded, localized testing initiative through this collaboration will give us a truer picture of the risk for contracting and spreading the coronavirus right here in Lorain.”

The testing is of no cost to the district or families as a result of an “incredibly generous” donation from a local partner.

According to the announcement, data shows that the demographics of Lorain look “very different” from the demographics in surrounding districts and that Lorain’s demographics are disproportionately affected by the virus. An increase in testing for students and staff will aim to protect the children and families of Lorain. 

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