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Heroes Wear Many Faces: Colleges and Universities Retooling to Fight COVID-19 (A Running List – Week 5)

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Colleges and universities across the country are closing their doors to their own students amidst the global coronavirus pandemic. As traditional classes are canceled and postsecondary instruction moves online to mitigate the spread of the virus, some of these same institutions are welcoming COVID-19 patients and healthcare workers to campus. This is all part of a nationwide effort to battle this unique public health crisis.

**Editor’s note** This article will be updated frequently as we learn about more schools that have joined the fight against COVID-19. If your school is involved, let us know by contacting us here!

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Other schools are doing their part by serving as testing sites, donating personal protective equipment for doctors and nurses, and conducting important medical research that could help put an end to the pandemic. In this article, we’ll highlight the efforts of the colleges and universities who have taken extraordinary measures in the fight against the coronavirus.

College of Alameda

Alameda, California

Date Added: 05/01/2020

The College of Alameda has partnered with another Bay Area community college—Laney College—to design and manufacture face shields for local healthcare workers. The shields represent a crucial piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to protect hospital staff from exposure to Covid-19 while treating patients. The shields are being donated to nearby Alameda Health System.

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

Date Added: 05/01/2020

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George Mason University is embarking on research to develop a simple antibody test for the novel coronavirus. The saliva-based test would be an improvement over current tests for Covid-19 antibodies. It could help inform public policy regarding the easing of social distancing mandates.

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi

Date Added: 05/01/2020

Jackson State University is helping local businesses in its community deal with the economic onslaught of the public health crisis. The school is counseling area small business owners via Zoom in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Laney College

Oakland, California

Date Added: 05/01/2020

In collaboration with another community college in the Bay Area—College of Alameda—Laney College is producing face shields for healthcare professionals by using 3-D printers in its Digital Fabrication Lab. These important pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) are being donated to Alameda Health Systems.  

Pacific University

Forest Grove, Oregon

Date Added: 05/01/2020

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Pacific University has revamped the dental van from its School of Dental Hygiene Studies amid the pandemic. The school usually provides mobile dental services to students, but recently, it has filled a more pressing need as a mobile testing site for Covid-19. The program is part of a partnership between the university and Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Centers.

Shasta College

Redding, California

Date Added: 05/01/2020

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Shasta College is partnering with the state of California to provide Covid-19 testing for area residents. The college is contributing the use of its campus facilities while the state funds the testing. Tests are administered by nasal swab, and walk-up patients are accepted.

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Brooklyn, New York

Date Added: 05/01/2020

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is giving its senior medical students the opportunity to graduate early to assist on the front lines of the pandemic. Thirty-six newly credentialed doctors will be honored via a virtual ceremony held by the university.

Towson University

Towson, Maryland

Date Added: 05/01/2020

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Lending a hand and nearly a dozen hospital beds amid the pandemic, Towson University is donating supplies from its nursing department to nearby Greater Baltimore Medical Center. In addition to the hospital beds, the school also contributed bed tables and various other medical equipment to the local health facility to help with the influx of patients.

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

Date Added: 05/01/2020

The University of Notre Dame has coordinated its pandemic relief efforts through the formation of the Covid-19 Response Coordination Task Force. So far, the task force has overseen the university’s donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for local healthcare workers as well as the production of medical face shields by campus 3-D printers. Through this new task force, the university is currently looking for other ways to help its community survive and thrive during this unprecedented public health crisis.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date Added: 05/01/2020

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine students have also discovered a way to help their community amid the public health crisis. The students have created a nonprofit organization named 412Med to address a variety of needs within the community from running errands to providing medical education and even domestic violence assistance.

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, California

Date Added: 04/30/2020

Answering the call for critical personal protective equipment (PPE) from healthcare workers amid the public health crisis, Bakersfield College is repurposing the 3D printer from its Industrial Technology Department. The printer is now being used to produce medical face shields and other PPE for local healthcare facilities like Clinica Sierra Vista and Bakersfield Family Medical Center.

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Date Added: 04/30/2020

Boston College has launched a study to investigate how the coronavirus pandemic has affected our sleep. Through its Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab, researchers are analyzing data collected from online surveys. The goal is to help discover ways to better treat sleep disruptions.

California Aeronautical University

Bakersfield, California

Date Added: 04/30/2020

In a dramatic expression of gratitude, California Aeronautical University has organized a flyover of Bakersfield in order to thank front-line workers amid the pandemic. The flyover will include five different aircraft soaring over local medical facilities and shopping centers.

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Date Added: 04/30/2020

The College of Southern Nevada is stepping up to help fight Covid-19 using its resources and expertise. The school is producing a liquid solution called viral transport medium (VTM) that preserves testing samples while en route to a diagnostic lab. The clear liquid is being produced for nearby Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory.

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York

Date Added: 04/30/2020

Doing its part to ease the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) amongst healthcare workers in the local area, the Fashion Institute of Technology has initiated the Sew4Lives program. Led by alumni from the school, the organization has already donated more than 10,000 masks to nearby medical facilities such as SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University hospital.

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Date Added: 04/30/2020

Lending a hand on the diagnostic front of the battle against Covid-19, Kirkwood Community College has offered its facilities for use as a drive-thru testing site. The school’s driver-training site will welcome individuals who wish to be tested for the novel coronavirus. An online health assessment and qualification process must be completed prior to testing.

Marshall University

Huntington, West Virginia

Date Added: 04/30/2020

Marshall University is working to ensure its local community remains fed during the coronavirus pandemic. The school has established Project Feed Huntington, an initiative that aims to provide food care packages to several community organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lily’s Place and Recovery Point, and Huntington City Mission.

Nevada State College

Henderson, Nevada

Date Added: 04/30/2020

One of several schools in its region to manufacture viral transport media to aid in the coronavirus testing effort, Nevada State College is making the VTM solution for the Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory. The clear liquid is a critical part of the testing process because it preserves testing samples as they are moved to the lab for processing.  

Like many other colleges and universities around the country, Nevada State College has also been collecting medical supplies and personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals. The school has gone a step further, however, by donating vegetables from its campus garden to community members in need amid the pandemic. Nevada State plans to make a weekly donation to nearby food pantries.

Northern Essex Community College

Haverhill, Massachusetts

Date Added: 04/30/2020

Public health students from Northern Essex Community College are helping the state of Massachusetts with its contact tracing efforts. After completing their training online, the students are now interviewing patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 to determine where they have been and who they may have exposed to the novel coronavirus. The goal is to help stop the virus from spreading further.

Northland College

Ashland, Wisconsin

Date Added: 04/30/2020

Doing what it does best amid the pandemic, Northland College has developed a free online class for community members on the topic of the coronavirus. Led by 15 faculty members from the school, the course will attempt to help area residents make sense of the public health crisis. Some of the topics to be addressed include virus biology, history of pandemics, and principles of public health.

Sh’or Yoshuv Rabbinical College

Lawrence, New York

Date Added: 04/30/2020

Sho’r Yoshuv Rabbinical College has offered up its campus facilities to be used as an outpatient healthcare clinic for patients in southwest Nassau and southeast Queens. To help with the overflow of patients from nearby medical centers, the field hospital will house those individuals with mild symptoms of Covid-19 or who are recovering, but stable.

Solano Community College

Fairfield, California

Date Added: 04/30/2020

Solano Community College is using its recently-closed campus for a good cause. The school offered up the use of its parking lot to the nearby Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano for its drive-thru grocery distribution event. The drive-thru service offers a contactless way for the food back to get nonperishable foods to community members in need.

SUNY-Schenectady

Schenectady, New York

Date Added: 04/30/2020

SUNY-Schenectady is well aware of the impact Covid-19 has had on its community, not only in terms of health but on finances as well. To alleviate the damage, the school recently hosted a drive-thru food donation event for families in the area. Recipients received nonperishable food items via no-contact distribution.

Touro University-California

Vallejo, California

Date Added: 04/30/2020

Touro University has partnered with the city of Vallejo as well as several other local organizations to ensure the area’s homeless population receives testing for Covid-19. Nursing students at the school will perform triage services and also assist with food distribution during the testing process.

University of Akron

Akron, Ohio

Date Added: 04/30/2020

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Aptly, the University of Akron is providing Covid-19 relief on the educational front. Volunteers from the university have created a homework hotline for area K-12 students. The initiative is designed to help students (and their parents) who may be struggling with distance learning as a result of the coronavirus. The hotline is free of charge.

Offering its support to the community during the public health crisis, the University of Akron is crowdsourcing ideas for the pandemic response while incentivizing students in its local area to think outside of the box. The university is hosting a competition called Zip Pitch for area middle and high school students. Participants can win cash prizes for their ideas as to how the community should tackle Covid-19.

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, Texas

Date Added: 04/30/2020

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First responders in San Antonio are currently overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients amid the pandemic. Fortunately, nursing students from the University of the Incarnate World have stepped in to fill the gap by providing care for homeless people in the area. Volunteers are offering their services at the Haven for Hope Clinic in downtown San Antonio.

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina

Date Added: 04/30/2020

Helping to relieve the economic damage incurred by Covid-19, Wake Technical Community College is reaching out to local small businesses. In partnership with the City of Raleigh, the college is raising money for grants to help area business owners weather the pandemic. The initiative has been named the Rally Fund for Small Businesses.

Brunswick Community College

Bolivia, North Carolina

Date Added: 04/29/2020

Brunswick Community College is doing its part to help the community weather the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Through its Small Business Center, the school is offering free webinars and individual counseling sessions to business owners in the region. The goal is to help local businesses find ways to survive the pandemic, through both business strategies and access to financial resources.

Cape Fear Community College

Wilmington, North Carolina

Date Added: 04/29/2020

Cape Fear Community College’s Small Business Center is reaching out to local businesses that have suffered as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, the school is offering free webinars as well as one-on-one counseling to business owners in the area.

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Date Added: 04/29/2020

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Coe College is joining many other colleges and universities across the U.S. in repurposing its student dormitories for local healthcare workers. Medical professionals working on the front lines of the pandemic need a place other than their own homes to reside during the pandemic to keep from exposing their families to the deadly virus. Coe College is filling this need for employees of nearby UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s.

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California

Date Added: 04/29/2020

The College of the Canyons is helping ensure its local healthcare workers have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to stay safe on the front lines of the pandemic. Through its MakerSpace facilities, the school is 3-D-printing face shields for medical professionals at nearby Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. The school has already produced and donated 150 of the shields.

Community College of Baltimore County

Baltimore, Maryland

Date Added: 04/29/2020

In partnership with county officials, the Community College of Baltimore County will begin contact tracing, a process that involves interviewing those individuals in the area who have tested positive for Covid-19 to determine who they may have infected. CCBC is also developing an online course to train contact tracers to perform the job proficiently.

Curry College

Milton, Massachusetts

Date Added: 04/29/2020

Senior nursing students at Curry College have joined the front lines of the fight against the novel coronavirus. Eighteen clinical care technicians-in-training are working 12-hour shifts at nearby Tufts Medical Center under the supervision of RNs. Their work will count towards the credits necessary to complete their educational programs.

Del Mar College

Corpus Christi, Texas

Date Added: 04/29/2020

Del Mar College’s Respiratory Therapy program is doing its part to assist medical facilities during the public health crisis by addressing the ventilator shortage. The school is collecting and sanitizing used CPAP and BiPap machines so that they can be repurposed for use as auxiliary ventilators. The machines will be distributed to local healthcare facilities as needed.

Elms College

Chicopee, Massachusetts

Date Added: 04/29/2020

Student dormitories at Elms College will be transformed into temporary housing units for area first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The school will provide 20 rooms from its Devine Hall to the City of Chicopee police, fire, and EMS workers.

Monroe County Community College

Monroe, Michigan

Date Added: 04/29/2020

Monroe County Community College has answered the call for production of personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the pandemic. Through its Applied Science and Engineering Technology division, the school is designing and manufacturing face shields and mask adjustors for local healthcare workers. The goal is to create at least 200 shields for nearby medical facilities.

Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Date Added: 04/29/2020

The 3D Printing Team at Moravian College has pivoted from creating student projects to producing stethoscopes for medical facilities amid the pandemic. Nearly 250 of the disposable stethoscopes have already been donated to nearby St. Luke’s Hospital.

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida

Date Added: 04/29/2020

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Helping its community stay sharp during the pandemic, Saint Leo University is offering free self-paced enrichment courses to local residents. The ten different courses are offered through the school’s Center for Alternative Pathways Programs and span topics from working remotely to gardening and even spirituality.

Touro University Nevada

Henderson, Nevada

Date Added: 04/29/2020

Medical students at Touro University Nevada have created a website to connect community members in need with volunteers who want to help provide assistance amid the pandemic. Since they aren’t yet prepared to work on the front lines, these medical students are doing their part by helping to fill needs with services like tutoring, dog-walking, and grocery shopping, for instance.

The university is also helping the Covid-19 testing effort by making viral transport media (VTM) for Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory. This liquid solution acts as a preservative for test samples while they are being taken to the lab for processing.

Utah State University

Logan, Utah

Date Added: 04/29/2020

Utah State University’s Assistive Technology Program has partnered with area 4-H STEM programs to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for the state’s rural healthcare workers. So far, 4-H youth have created nearly one thousand medical face shields to donate to local health facilities with the goal of making 500 more.  

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

Date Added: 04/28/2020

The College of Charleston School of Business is doing its part to support local health professionals on the front lines of the battle against Covid-19 as well as the community at large. The initiative began with food delivery to area hospitals and has since grown to fundraisers for local foodbanks. The school hopes to raise upwards of $8,000 to support their coronavirus relief efforts.

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Date Added: 04/28/2020

Biomedical engineers at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering are repurposing an Ebola testing tool for use amid the coronavirus crisis. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the engineers are working towards a 30-minute or less test result.  It could be months before the diagnostic method is sent to the FDA for approval.

Duke is also collaborating with UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina University to determine the number of area cases of Covid-19 among patients who experience mild symptoms or who have no symptoms at all.

Duke researchers are also investigating the possibility that smartwatches could help in the detection of early signs of Covid-19. Participants of the study will wear one of these watches daily and respond to a questionnaire. Researchers will evaluate whether the watches can detect symptoms and/or predict how mild or severe the infection will be.

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan

Date Added: 04/28/2020

Making its mark on the Covid-19 relief effort, Ferris State University has rallied resources to provide crucial personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by healthcare workers. In addition to collecting masks as well as the supplies to make them, the school is also making medical face shields using 3-D printers. Masks and shields are being donated to local health departments for distribution.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Date Added: 04/28/2020

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Nearly 50 health care students from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University have graduated early in order to provide much-needed professional support to local hospitals and medical facilities amid the pandemic. Among the graduates were 37 nurses and 11 respiratory therapists.

Gateway Technical College

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Date Added: 04/28/2020

Gateway Technical College has partnered with the Kenosha Community Health Center and the Kenosha County Division of Health to offer Covid-19 testing to the local community. A drive-thru testing site will be set up on campus for individuals with a doctors’ referral.

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Date Added: 04/28/2020

Following the lead of countless other colleges and universities nationwide, Iowa Western Community College is opening the doors of recently closed student dormitories to displaced healthcare workers in the area. The rooms will house employees of nearby Methodist Jennie Edmundson and CHI Mercy Hospital.  Many health professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis are avoiding their homes for fear of exposing their families to Covid-19.

LaGrange College

LaGrange, Georgia

Date Added: 04/28/2020

Members of LaGrange College’s Sports Management Club are playing video games in order to benefit local Covid-19 relief efforts. The organization plans to hold a Playstation Esport NBA2K Tournament to raise money for area food banks and first responders in nearby Atlanta and Columbus. There is a small registration fee, and the winner will receive a cash prize.

Lake Land College

Mattoon, Illinois

Date Added: 04/28/2020

Joining a long list of schools across the country using their resources to help with the PPE shortage amid the global health crisis, Lake Land College has partnered with a local auto center to manufacture medical face shields. The completed shields will be donated to nearby Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Date Added: 04/28/2020

Like numerous other colleges and universities across the United States, Lehigh University is 3-D printing face shields to help with the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. So far, the school has donated almost 500 face shields to nearby Lehigh Valley Health Network and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital. Stethoscopes are also being produced through the school’s Wilbur Powerhouse and Design Labs for local St. Luke’s University Health Network.

As the lack of availability of PPE continues, institutions like Lehigh University continue to step up and provide protection to their community frontline workers.

Mansfield University

Mansfield, Pennsylvania

Date Added: 04/28/2020

Fighting Covid-19 on the information front, Mansfield University’s Public Safety Training Institute (MUPSTI) has created a guide for local law enforcement officers on the front lines of the pandemic. The online resource provides strategies for police officers to continue protecting and serving while also safeguarding themselves and others from unnecessary exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Niagara County Community College

Sanborn, New York

Date Added: 04/28/2020

Niagara County Community College has agreed to be a testing site for Covid-19. In cooperation with the state of New York, the school will host drive-thru coronavirus testing for pre-registered individuals with symptoms of the virus or who think they have been exposed.

Pitzer College

Claremont, California

Date Added: 04/28/2020

Art professors at Pitzer College have taken to sewing cloth masks for area healthcare workers in order to ease the shortage of personal protective equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic. After first donating their supply of N95 masks, the creative instructors began putting their talents to good use for the benefit of front-line workers at nearby medical facilities. The cloth masks will be used when other PPE supplies are depleted.

Pitzer College art professors Rebekah Myers and Tim Berg have gotten creative to tackle this last question — sewing homemade cloth health masks to address the widespread mask deficit in Los Angeles hospitals. Even before creating the masks, however, they donated N95 masks from the Pitzer ceramic and sculpture area supplies. “

The Student Life, April 27, 2020

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, Alabama

Date Added: 04/28/2020

Tuskegee University, like many colleges and universities across the country, is donating lab supplies from its healthcare training programs to local healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic. The school’s donation includes critical personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 and surgical masks, goggles, bonnets, gloves, and more.

Western New England University

Springfield, Massachusetts

Date Added: 04/28/2020

Through its College of Engineering, Western New England University is producing face mask straps for local healthcare workers who must wear this personal protective equipment for up to 12 hours per day amid the pandemic. The straps are intended to improve comfort.

Alma College

Alma, Michigan

Date Added: 04/27/2020

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Like many colleges and universities in the U.S., Alma College is contributing its campus facilities to the COVID-19 relief effort. The school is welcoming healthcare workers from MidMichigan Medical Centers into its empty residence halls. The rooms are necessary in order to give front-line workers a place to stay while enabling them to protect their families from exposure to the virus.

Daytona State College

Daytona Beach, Florida

Date Added: 04/27/2020

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In partnership with local agencies, Daytona State College is hosting a coronavirus testing event on its campus for community members who have symptoms of Covid-19 or fear they have been exposed to the virus. Doctors’ referrals are not necessary, and there are no out-of-pocket costs for the tests, though insurance companies may be billed.

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

Date Added: 04/27/2020

Indiana University-Purdue University- Indianapolis will begin assisting in the battle against COVID-19 on the diagnostics front. Specifically, the school will begin conducting testing in order to track the spread of the coronavirus throughout Indiana. The effort is part of a partnership between the university’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and the Indiana State Department of Health.

Students at the university are also utilizing social media in order to help their fellow community members. The goal of the campaign is to connect local residents in need with resources throughout the area. The project spans platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Date Added: 04/27/2020

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Researchers at Northern Arizona University are using resources at the school’s Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI) to grow coronavirus samples so that they can test potential drug therapies. The initiative is being called the COVID-19 Testing Service Center. The first drug to be tested through the initiative will be a drug currently used to treat cancer.

Oregon Health and Science University

Portland, Oregon

Date Added: 04/27/2020

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Innovators at Oregon Health and Science University have developed a low-cost ventilator that requires no electricity and can be produced using a 3-D printer. The university has requested emergency use authorization for the device from the FDA. Ventilators are currently in high demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Plymouth State University

Plymouth, New Hampshire

Date Added: 04/27/2020

Plymouth State University joins many colleges around the U.S. in allowing its healthcare students to graduate early so that they can assist in handling the pandemic. Ten of the university’s nursing students will receive their credentials a month earlier than anticipated so that they can work as graduate nurses in New Hampshire’s medical facilities.

Radford University

Radford, Virginia

Date Added: 04/27/2020

Professors at Radford University have created a podcast to help their community stay connected during the coronavirus crisis. Called “Pandemic Professors,” the series addresses the mental health effects of social distancing measures and discusses strategies for coping with the pandemic. New episodes are released every Monday.

“Communication professor West Bowers and psychology professor Stirling Barfield have created the “Pandemic Professors” podcast to connect the community in a time of uncertainty caused by the life-altering effects the coronavirus has had on society in the U.S. and around the world.”

The Roanoke Times, April 26, 2020

Skagit Valley College

Mount Vernon, Washington

Date Added: 04/27/2020

Skagit Valley College is helping its county amid the pandemic by hosting a drive-through COVID-19 testing event for Skagit County residents. Officials are expecting a large turnout as the county experiences a surge in new coronavirus cases.

University of Connecticut-Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Date Added: 04/27/2020

Like several other institutions of higher learning across the country, the University of Connecticut- Stamford is lending out its student dormitories to patients recovering from COVID-19. A 116-room residence hall on the campus of the university will provide temporary housing to patients who have been discharged from nearby hospitals but are still potentially contagious. This will give them a place to recover without exposing their families to the virus.

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Date Added: 04/27/2020

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Nursing students at the University of Missouri- St. Louis are stepping up to do their part to ease the public health crisis by screening Amazon workers for symptoms of COVID-19. Their efforts benefit not only the delivery workers themselves but also consumers who rely on Amazon to deliver essential items amid the pandemic. The students will receive credit towards their nursing programs in exchange for their work.

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Date Added: 04/27/2020

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma are researching the aftermath of COVID-19 by following patients after they are discharged from the hospital. Thanks to a $20,000 grant, investigators will be able to monitor the health of 20 patients who have recovered from the novel coronavirus to evaluate the long-term effects of the illness on cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, and neurological functions.

University of Redlands

Redlands, California

Date Added: 04/27/2020

The University of Redland is feeding its community members using items from its disaster preparedness food storage. The school recently donated almost 10,000 pounds of food, including fruit, oatmeal, and pasta, to nearby Family Services Association of Redlands for distribution to local residents.

“We have always been committed to working hand-in-hand with our local community,” said University of Redlands President Ralph W. Kuncl. “Given the pressing needs caused by the pandemic, there is no better time than now to lend support to our longtime partner Family Service Association of Redlands…”

Inland Empire Community News, April 24, 2020

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

Date Added: 04/27/2020

University of Toledo researchers are investigating the potential of the antidepressant drug Prozac to treat the novel coronavirus. Early studies suggest the drug could prevent the immune system from overreacting to the virus, a phenomenon that causes patients to deteriorate. The trial is one of the first of its kind to be conducted in the U.S.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, Virginia

Date Added: 04/27/2020

Economic researchers at Virginia Tech are studying the effects of the coronavirus on the U.S. economy. Among other revelations, the study found that the national lockdown cost Americans over $1 trillion dollars in just one month.

The university is also beginning Covid-19 testing efforts. With emergency permission from the FDA, Virginia Tech will be using labs on its Blacksburg and Roanoke campuses to help area medical centers with backlogged testing.

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