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

As of 09/03/2020, there are 624 amazing schools included on this list…and counting!

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.

Central Oregon Community College

Bend, Oregon

Central Oregon Community College is in a position to help more business owners impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to a recent grant. The school is the recipient of a federal CARES Act grant in the amount of $50,000. Approved by Deschutes County commissioners, the grant will be used to aid the school’s Small Business Development Center as it strives to revive the local economy through education and support extended to nearby business owners.

Kirtland Community College

Grayling, Michigan

Kirtland Community College has announced that it will serve as a neighborhood Covid-19 testing site for members of the general public. To assist with local testing efforts, the school has partnered with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to offer coronavirus tests to local individuals at no cost. Tests will be administered via saliva collection, and no insurance or doctor’s referral is required.

Mohave Community College

Kingman, Arizona

Mohave Community College is the latest in a string of local schools to assist in the nationwide Covid-19 testing effort. MCC will be hosting three different testing sites across its campuses. These sites will provide ongoing coronavirus testing to the community at large. Tests are free of charge and offered via drive-up services. Appointments are encouraged, but not required.

Owens Community College

Perrysburg, Ohio

Lending a hand to recent high school graduates in its local area, Owens Community College has created a new scholarship. The $500 financial aid award is geared toward 2020 graduates who delayed college entrance due to the pandemic. Eligible students must meet certain criteria in order to receive the award, including a minimum GPA.

St. Francis College

Brooklyn, New York

St. Francis College will be helping its community amid the pandemic by offering free coronavirus tests on its campus. The tests will be administered via nasal swab and are available on a drive-up basis. No insurance is required, but participants are encouraged to make an appointment. The event is a result of a collaboration between the school and the Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE).

Austin Community College

Austin, Texas

To facilitate an economic rebound from the pandemic, Austin Community College is deeply discounting tuition for a dozen of its workforce development programs. Among these programs are training options in much-needed areas of employment such as information technology, trades, and healthcare. Enrolled students will pay just half of the normal tuition rate and can finish their respective programs in just three months.

Benedict College

Columbia, South Carolina

Benedict College will be enhancing its student services amid the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to a generous grant from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. The school is one of five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the state to receive such funds. According to school representatives, the $2,725,000  will be used to improve services across the board from health and wellness to technology and virtual learning.

Harper College

Palatine, Illinois

Harper College is stepping up to help its local community recover from the pandemic by offering scholarships to furloughed workers and others who have been financially impacted by the global health crisis. The Moving Forward Scholarship will cover tuition costs for a number of the school’s Continuing Professional Education offerings, including those in we development, human resources, truck driving, and veterinary assistant training, for instance.

Metropolitan Community College

Omaha, Nebraska

Like many other post-secondary institutions across the nation, Metropolitan Community College is donating the use of its campus facilities for the sake of coronavirus testing in its local area. Testing is available free of charge six days per week, and pre-registration is required.

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana, California

Lending a helping hand to its community amid the pandemic, Santa Ana College is opening its campus to residents who require coronavirus testing. The campus will serve as a permanent testing site, offering both walk-up and drive-up Covid-19 tests. Testing is free, but an appointment may be required.

Wayne County Community College

Detroit, Michigan

Following the example of numerous community colleges across the nation, Wayne County Community College has agreed to serve as a testing site for the novel coronavirus. In partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the school will provide free testing to nearby residents. It will be one of twenty different Neighborhood Testing Sites across the state. Appointments are recommended, and tests will be administered via saliva collection.

Leeward Community College

Pearl City, Hawaii

Leeward Community College is doing its part to help stop the surge of coronavirus cases in its local community by serving as a surge testing site. The effort is a part of a partnership between the school, the city and county of Honolulu, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through the Leeward Community College site and several other testing sites nearby, the initiative’s goal is to administer 70,000 Covid-19 tests over the next two weeks.

Le Moyne Community College

Syracuse. New York

Le Moyne Community College has found a unique way to help its community as well as its student body amid the pandemic. Recently, the school announced the launch of the Le Moyne Community Internship Initiative (LCII). As part of the initiative, the college will act as a liaison between students desiring service-learning and experiential learning opportunities and businesses and nonprofits throughout the community in need of assistance amid the pandemic. Some of the services currently being offered through the college include social media marketing, policy research, and data analysis.

Oakland Community College

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

By lending out its campus facilities, Oakland Community College is filling a very specific need for its community. The school will be serving as a coronavirus testing site specifically set up to administer Covid-19 tests to school-age children. Tests will be administered on a drive-through basis. No doctor’s referral is necessary, but appointments are encouraged.

Holyoke Community College

Holyoke, Massachusetts

As part of Massachusetts’s Stop the Spread initiative, Holyoke Community College will be hosting a free three-week Covid-19 testing event. Tests will be available to the public and administered on a drive-up basis. No appointments or doctor’s referrals are required. Coronavirus testing on the school’s campus is made possible by Fallon Ambulance and the Holyoke Board of Health as well as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Rhodes State College

Lima, Ohio

Rhodes State College has answered the call for contact tracing assistance in its state by offering an online contact tracing course. Through its Workforce Development & Innovation division, the school has developed a self-paced distance education training program that addresses CDC protocols for effective contact tracing. The course was created in partnership with Clark State Workforce & Business Solutions. The cost of the course is only $50 per participant.

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, Utah

In an effort to help its local economy rebound from the coronavirus pandemic, Salt Lake Community College has developed a workforce development program for community members who have lost their jobs due to the public health crisis. Thanks to CARES Act funds, the school is able to offer over two dozen classes free of charge to these furloughed workers. Topics include healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, and other in-demand career paths.

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, California

Sant Rosa Junior College is doing its part to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus in its community by welcoming OptumServe onto its campus for the purpose of Covid-19 testing. It’s part of a collaboration between the college and the state of California. Appointments are necessary, and those without insurance can be tested free of charge.

Windward Community College

Kaneohe, Hawaii

Windward Community College is going above and beyond to take care of its students amid the Covid-19 pandemic. With funds from the Hawaii Community Foundation, the school’s Meals With a Mission program will provide a free meal each day for enrolled students. The $8,000 grant was matched by one of the college’s professors.

Bucks County Community College

Newtown, Pennsylvania

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With many college classes going online amid the coronavirus pandemic, Bucks County Community College saw an opportunity to help find a cure for Covid-19. Particularly, a senior network technician at the school along with support from the computer science and information technology faculty has connected unused computers at the community college to IBM’s World Community Grid. The computers will be used to process data and inform doctors and other health care professionals across the globe about potentially effective coronavirus treatments and cures.

Highline College

Des Moines, Washington

The latest college to contribute its campus facilities to the Covid-19 relief effort, Highline College is hosting a mobile coronavirus testing unit on its campus. The move is part of a partnership between the school, UW Medicine, and Harborview Medical Center. Participants of all ages are welcome, and testing is free of charge for those without medical insurance.

Roxbury Community College

Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts

Anticipating the needs of its students during this unprecedented public health crisis, Roxbury Community College is going above and beyond to ensure they have what they need to succeed. All students who need laptops to complete their coursework will be granted them free of charge, and students who complete their academic programs will be allowed to keep the devices after graduation. Wi-Fi hotspots will also be provided to students without Internet service.

University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a saliva test to detect Covid-19, and that test has now received federal emergency use approval from the Food and Drug Administration. At just $10 per test kit, the new saliva test is cheaper and more accessible than the nasal tests currently in wide use. It is also associated with faster test processing times, a key factor in mitigating the spread of the virus.

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, Pennsylvania

Washington & Jefferson College will be investing in the safety of their students amid the pandemic as well as in the expansion of their online degree programs, thanks to a generous grant. Recently, the school was awarded $210,000 by the Richard King Mellon Foundation in light of the public health crisis. The school was one of several regional colleges and universities to be identified as grant recipients by the foundation, which has distributed a total of $12.5 million in postsecondary grant funding since the onset of Covid-19.

Geneva College

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Geneva College is one of two colleges in the country selected to take part in a Mayo Clinic study probing the effects of Covid-19 on colleges and universities. In particular, the study will examine the presence of Covid-19 antibodies among college students. Antibody testing will be administered once when classes start for the semester and again after six weeks. The results of the study will help researchers and public officials better understand the spread of the novel coronavirus across the community at large.

Jefferson Community College

Watertown, New York

In collaboration with the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and the American Dairy Association North East (ADANE), Jefferson Community College is lending a helping hand to local residents in need of vital assistance during the public health crisis. The school will host a drive-through food and milk distribution event for anyone in need of these nutritional items. Each participating vehicle will receive two gallons of milk and a 20-pound box of produce.

Santa Fe Community College

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe Community College has developed an online course that’s helping people across the country perform their jobs safely amid the pandemic. The class, entitled Covid-19: Workplace Safety, takes only about four hours to complete and is available in both English and Spanish. The fee for the course is just $75, and participants will receive a virtual certificate upon completion.

South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Answering the call for increased coronavirus testing in its local area, South Carolina State University is serving as a pop-up Covid-19 testing site. In partnership with the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the university will be offering free coronavirus testing to community members.

Bates Technical College

Tacoma, Washington

Bates Technical College has been selected as a CARES Act grant recipient. As a result, the school will be providing additional financial aid and support to its community college students during this unprecedented public health crisis. The $500,000 in funds was allocated by Pierce County and will be used to assist students as they work towards earning much-needed credentials to secure gainful employment during an economic downturn.

Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood, Washington

Clover Park Technical College will be extending more financial aid to students amid the public health crisis, thanks to a CARES Act grant of $750,000. The funds will be a direct lifeline to students looking to advance their education, but they will also provide long-term benefits to the community as well by training workers and revitalizing the economy.

Knoxville College

Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville College is doing its part to help the surrounding community mitigate the spread of Covid-19 by donating free masks to residents in need. Through a partnership with the state of Tennessee, the school will be handing out face coverings free of charge while supplies last.

Northwest Florida State College

Niceville, Florida

As testing ramps up in the state of Florida, Northwest Florida State College is answering the call for community assistance by donating the use of its campus facilities. In collaboration with the Okaloosa County Health Department and the Okaloosa County Emergency Medical Services, the school will be hosting a free coronavirus testing event. No registration or screening is required, and residents of all ages are eligible for testing. A maximum of 450 tests are available.

Wallace Community College

Dothan, Alabama

Wallace Community College will be extending additional support to its students amid the pandemic, thanks to a generous grant from the federal government. With over $700,000 in funds, the school will be fully equipped to help students as they navigate community college and prepare to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year university. Enhanced services will include academic tutoring, advisement, and financial aid support.

Baltimore City Community College

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore City Community College is helping its community out by offering free tuition for new students this coming Fall. Tuition costs will be covered using funds from multiple different sources, including the BCCC Foundation, Maryland’s Promise Scholarship, and the federal CARES Act.

Beloit College

Beloit, Wisconsin

Beloit College is doing its part to spread factual information about the novel coronavirus while also providing a safe place for open discussion of the pandemic. Led by professors, the “Let’s Talk Coronavirus” broadcast airs on the college’s Facebook page each week. Topics discussed so far include vaccines, mutations, and the economic impact of Covid-19.

Calhoun Community College

Tanner, Alabama

Calhoun Community College has joined the ever-lengthening list of colleges and universities hosting Covid-19 testing events amid the pandemic. Thanks to a partnership with the 100 Black Men of Greater Huntsville and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the school will be welcoming residents to its Huntsville campus for drive-thru coronavirus testing. Participants without health insurance can be tested free of charge. Pre-registration is required.

Cuyahoga Community College

Cleveland, Ohio

Cuyahoga Community College is the latest institute of postsecondary education to offer up its campus for use as a coronavirus testing site. The school is partnering with Tri-C and Care Alliance Health Center to offer free Covid-19 testing to students and nearby residents. No appointment is required, but participants will be pre-screened.

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University

Duke University is using its research prowess to help Americans navigate the pandemic. In a recent study, the university examined the effectiveness of the different types of widely available face masks. After testing 14 different types of face coverings, researchers found that N95 surgical masks were the most effective while fleece and knitted masks as well as bandannas were actually counterproductive in preventing the spread of Covid-19. Somewhat surprisingly, handmade cotton masks were also found to be among the most effective types of face coverings.

Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island

Bryant University is investing in the health of its students and faculty amid the public health crisis. The school has purchased the testing equipment necessary to provide weekly Covid-19 testing for all on-campus students and staff in order to ensure optimal health and safety. Testing results will be available within 45 minutes for those individuals with symptoms of the novel coronavirus and within 24 hours for those who are asymptomatic.

Massachusetts Bay Community College

Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Bay Community College will be enhancing its virtual academic offerings amid the pandemic, thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The school will use the $300,000 in funds to secure online instructional training for forty of its adjunct faculty members.

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

The University of Chicago is the recipient of a large federal contract to develop a Covid-19 medical image database. The two-year contract will provide the university with $20 million in funding to create an open source database filled with X-rays taken from Covid-19 patients. The goal of the project is to provide doctors and scientists with the critical information they need to understand the novel coronavirus and how it affects the human body. The project is a result of the university’s partnership with the American College of Radiology (ACR), the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Wake Forest University is joining several other institutes of higher education across the United States in testing vaccine candidates for the novel coronavirus. Researchers at the university report being optimistic about the new trials. The vaccine testing comes at a time when North Carolina is experiencing a spike in Covid-19 cases.

William & Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

William & Mary has recently taken steps to not only preserve the health and safety of its own students and staff amid the pandemic, but also those of universities across the state. Specifically, the university has developed an app called Daily Health Check intended to help users monitor their own health in light of Covid-19 and also protect others from potential exposure to the virus. The tool can be adapted for use at institutions of higher learning throughout Virginia.

Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, Louisiana

As Covid-19 testing efforts increase across the country, more and more institutions of higher learning are offering up their campuses to serve as community testing sites. Now, Centenary College of Louisiana is joining the ranks. No fee or insurance is necessary for participants to be tested, and results will be reported within just three to four days.

Delaware County Community College

Media, Pennsylvania

Delaware County Community College is one of the latest schools to join the nationwide initiative to get Americans back to work in the wake of the global pandemic. In partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Governors Association, the school will be providing its community with workforce development and career training opportunities.  The effort is part of the country’s Reskilling and Recovery Network initiative.

Eastfield College

Mesquite, Texas

Eastfield College is stepping up to join its community’s coronavirus testing efforts. Like so many other colleges and universities across the United States, the school will be serving as a Covid-19 testing site for nearby residents. Testing will be available via nasal swab or saliva sample, and the site will be open six days a week.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur

Port Arthur, Texas

Lamar State College-Port Arthur has agreed to lend a helping hand to its area’s Covid-19 testing efforts. The school will serve as a site for free coronavirus testing, first for its own employees, and then for the general public. Participants are encouraged to register online prior to reporting to campus for testing.

Northcentral Technical College

Wausau, Wisconsin

Northcentral Technical College is answering its community’s call for more coronavirus testing in the area. The school will be serving as a walk-up Covid-19 testing site for nearby residents. Participants need not be experiencing symptoms of the virus to be tested, and tests will be administered to individuals ages 5 and up.

Bishop State Community College

Mobile Alabama

Thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of South Alabama Covid-19 Response and Relief Fund, Bishop State Community College will be taking steps to ensure no student goes hungry amid the coronavirus pandemic. Through the Bishop State Foundation Food Insecurity Program, the college will be providing grocery store vouchers to low-income students as well as educational workshops on topics like meal preparation, meal planning, and budgeting.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Chandler, Arizona

Doing its part to help with the area’s coronavirus testing efforts, Chandler-Gilbert Community College will host a drive-thru testing service at its Pecos campus. The effort is part of a partnership between the college and nearby Embry Women’s Health. Testing will be available seven days a week, and appointments are required.

Lewis and Clark Community College

Godfrey, Illinois

To assist with Covid-19 testing access in its local area, Lewis and Clark Community College is lending out its mobile testing unit. The unit will be dispersed throughout Madison county on a biweekly basis. Testing will be free of charge to participants.

Moorpark College

Moorpark, California

Moorpark College has stepped up to help with Covid-19 testing, particularly for Ventura County farmworkers. The college is offering up its campus to serve as a coronavirus testing site for these workers, many of whom are part of the county’s Latino community. Testing is free, and no appointment is necessary.

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Standish, Maine

As a way to more accurately track Covid-19 infection in its community, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is partnering with the Portland Water District to test wastewater samples for the novel coronavirus. The collaboration is part of a three-month pilot project, and results will be shared with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Alamo Colleges

San Antonio, Texas

To help its community get back on its feet in the wake of Covid-19, Alamo Colleges is partnering with the city of San Antonio to provide training and workforce development to residents who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Not only will the partnership allow individuals to be certified in high-demand areas, but it will also offer students a $450 weekly stipend to earn as they learn. Training programs are available in fields like construction, welding, information technology, and healthcare.

City University of New York

New York, New York

The City University of New York is contributing to the state’s research efforts in order to uncover the true impact of Covid-19 on the area. In partnership with the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities (DEF), the university will be evaluating random wastewater samples in order to calculate infection rates. In doing so, the school hopes to not only reveal important information about the spread of the novel coronavirus but also to set an example for other organizations and communities nationwide.

Clatsop Community College

Astoria, Oregon

Clatsop Community College is helping its community survive and recover from the coronavirus pandemic through the Clatsop Economic Development Resources group. Specifically, the school is helping to process applications for grants and awarding funds to local businesses as they struggle to maintain operations amid the public health crisis. So far, CCC has distributed $120,000 to nearby small business owners, and it will soon have another $230,000 to disperse to qualified candidates.

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, California

In an effort to help with contact tracing in its community, Dominican University of California has developed a new training course. The online course is available to current students, and only 20 seats are currently open. The class includes not only coursework but also on-the-job training and internship opportunities with the local health department.

Gavilan College

Gilroy, California

Joining many other postsecondary schools across the country, Gavilan College is helping with its community’s coronavirus testing efforts. The school will serve as an OptumServe test center, replacing a previous site at the local high school. Appointments are required for all participants.

Laredo College

Laredo, Texas

Thanks to a CARES Act grant, Laredo College is poised to help its local community rebound from the economic blow of the pandemic. The school is now offering 18 different workforce development and career training programs completely free of charge to 500 eligible students. Awards will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fields of study include Logistics, Child Development, Dental Assisting, Office Management, and Bookkeeping, for instance.

Louisiana Delta Community College

Monroe, Louisiana

In an effort to help students begin or continue their academic pursuits during the pandemic, Louisiana Delta Community College is offering additional financial aid opportunities for first-time freshmen, transfer students, and returning students. To be eligible, prospective students must submit an admissions application and meet certain eligibility criteria.

Portland Community College

Portland, Oregon

To assist with its local area’s contact tracing efforts amid the global public health crisis, Portland Community College has developed a contact tracer training program. The program will be available through the school’s Institute for Health Professionals and features self-paced study options. Students will not earn college credits for the program but will receive a certificate of completion.

Western Nebraska Community College

Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Western Nebraska Community College will be offering scholarships to individuals impacted by Covid-19, thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. Nearly 140 applicants will be awarded scholarships worth approximately $1,000 each to pursue career development programs in fields such as nursing assistance, welding, auto body repair, and heavy equipment operations, for example. Scholarship recipients will be required to meet certain eligibility guidelines.

Yavapai College

Prescott, Arizona

Yavapai College has announced that it will be providing assistance to workers who have been laid off or lost work due to the pandemic. Recently, the school was selected to take part in a nationwide initiative called the Reskilling and Recovery Network. The program is part of a partnership between the National Governor’s Association and the American Association of Community Colleges. Alongside several other postsecondary institutions in Arizona, the school will become a think tank for how to best forge forward amid the public health crisis and help get the economy jumpstarted.

Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah

Brigham Young University

Researchers at Brigham Young University’s Plant and Wildlife Sciences Department have been poring over the research into face masks and their effectiveness in mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus. After evaluating well over 100 different studies, the department concluded that these facial coverings are currently the most effective tool we have to fight the virus while also recovering economically. The findings also cite the cost-effectiveness and safety of masks as additional reasons to adopt their widespread usage amid the pandemic.

Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

A research team at Davidson College has been working to aggregate information about how colleges and universities nationwide are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. The effort began with a single professor and three student assistants but has since expanded to include a partnership with Ad Astra, a private course scheduling company, as well as nearly a dozen additional researchers. The school hopes that its efforts will help inform future policy changes among institutes of higher education, helping them navigate not only the coronavirus situation, but any other crises that may arise.

Essex County Community College

Newark, New Jersey

Like many other community colleges throughout the United States, Essex County Community College is hosting a testing event for its community. Currently, Essex County has the highest number of deaths related to Covid-19 in the state, so the college has stepped up to do its part. Testing is free and available to all residents ages 13 and up.

Jamestown Community College

Jamestown, New York

Jamestown Community College’s Small Business Center is lending a helping hand to area businesses struggling amid the global health crisis. Thus far, the school has already advised nearly 500 small business owners this year and helped start almost 50 new businesses. With a recent grant from the federal government, JCC plans to hire additional staff to help more clients rebound from the coronavirus slump.

Riverland Community College

Austin, Minnesota

Riverland Community College is reaching out to help residents of its local area by providing tuition-free job training. In partnership with Workforce Development, Inc., the school is waiving tuition expenses for individuals who have become unemployed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Career development programs are available in high-demand fields such as healthcare and commercial truck driving, for example.

Durham Technical Community College

Durham, North Carolina

Durham Technical Community College is providing a lifeline to area workers who have been laid off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The school’s Back-to-Work Initiative will offer skills training in high-demand fields such as information technology, biotechnology, healthcare, and more. All courses will be available online.

Mesa Community College

Mesa, Arizona

Mesa Community College

Alongside Rio Salado College, Mesa Community College is also collaborating with Embry Women’s Health to offer free 24/7 testing to local residents. Participants should register via Embry’s website for a drive-thru appointment. Tests will be administered via nasal or oral swab, and results could take up to one week. Health insurance is not required to participate in this testing event.

Monroe Community College

Rochester, New York

Monroe Community College has been enlisted to help the state of New York with its Covid-19 testing efforts. The school’s testing site is specifically targeted to residents of Livingston County, and an appointment is required. Participants can register via the state’s Covid-19 hotline or via the website. Tests are administered on a drive-thru basis.

Rio Salado College

Tempe, Arizona

Rio Salado College

Rio Salado College is partnering with Embry Women’s Health to offer free coronavirus testing to the school’s nearby communities. No insurance is required, and tests are available via nasal swab or orally. Tests are also available seven days a week on a 24-hour basis, and results can be expected within 5-7 days. Participants can register for an appointment via the Embry Women’s Health website.

Woodland Community College

Woodland, California

To address a spike in coronavirus cases in the city of Woodland, Woodland Community College has stepped up to fill the need for increased testing. The school will begin serving as an Optum Serve Covid-19 testing site for city residents of all ages. Testing will be free of charge. Participants should register for an appointment via telephone or online.

Central Community College

Grand Island, Nebraska

Doing its part to help the local community get back on its feet in the wake of the public health crisis, Central Community College is offering a new scholarship program. Eligible students are those who have become unemployed or had their hours cut due to the coronavirus. The CCC Nebraska Workforce Retraining Initiative Scholarship is a result of a partnership between the college, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, and the Nebraska Department of Labor.

Delaware State University

Dover, Delaware

Delaware State University is in a unique position to help small businesses in its local area, thanks to a $300,000 CARES Act Grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). DSU will utilize the funds to provide resources and expert advice to nearby business owners struggling during the pandemic. The school will also develop a website dedicated to promoting these establishments’ products and services.

Lehigh Carbon Community College

Schnecksville, Pennsylvania

Lehigh Carbon Community College is joining forces with Workforce Board Lehigh Valley to help people who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. Through a new career training program called Top Degrees Close to Home, prospective students have access to affordable courses and programs to advance their employment opportunities in fields like healthcare, office administration, technology, and manufacturing, for example. The Workforce Board will provide funding for the program.

Northampton Community College

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

In partnership with Lehigh Carbon Community College and Workforce Board Lehigh Valley, Northampton Community College is providing job training opportunities to local residents who have become unemployed during the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible students can receive federal and state funding to help pay for the retraining programs. In addition, distance education options are currently available for both certificate and degree plans.

Southwestern University

Georgetown, Texas

Southwestern University is giving back to its community amid the global public health crisis. In collaboration with The Cullen Trust for Higher Education, the school is donating $100,000 to a nearby nonprofit called The Caring Place. The funds will go toward supporting families who are struggling as a result of Covid-19.

Dillard University

Dillard, New Orleans

Heroes Wear Many Faces: Colleges and Universities Retooling to Fight COVID-19

Like many other colleges and universities across the country, Dillard University has offered up the use of its campus facilities to serve as a Covid-19 testing site. Due to a shortage of testing supplies, however, the site can only conduct 150 tests per day. Test results will be delayed as well due to a backlog of samples at the laboratory.

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville, Pennsylvania

Millersville University of Pennsylvania enjoyed a moment in the international spotlight when the school’s president, Dr. Daniel Wubah, participated in a webinar hosted by the United Nations. The webinar entitled “Confronting COVID-19 Through Innovation and Research: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic” gave Dr. Wubah the opportunity to speak about how the university is addressing Covid-19 while welcoming its students back to campus. Precautions include mandatory face coverings and the use of a contact tracing app.

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee, Florida

Tallahassee Community College is stepping up in its community’s time of need by distributing food to those who need it amid the coronavirus pandemic. The school has partnered with Second Harvest of the Big Bend to ensure no one in their local area goes hungry, despite the economic strain the virus has put on the community.

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

Physics researchers at the University of Houston have designed a new and promising tool to fight the novel coronavirus. In collaboration with private company Medistar, university scientists have created a heated foam air filter that would fit into air conditioning units, catching and killing the virus before it can infect a building’s inhabitants. The long-term plan is to install the air filters in office buildings, airports, and schools throughout the state of Texas and beyond.

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

Vanderbilt University has joined hundreds of other colleges and universities across the United States in easing the fears of prospective college students amid the pandemic. VU has signed the “Care Counts in Crisis: College Admissions Deans Respond to Covid-19” pledge. The statement acknowledges students’ concerns about the admissions process in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. It also communicates efforts that the school has made to remove barriers to admissions such as campus visits and standardized test requirements.

Albion College

Albion, Michigan

Helping out on the information front amid the pandemic, Albion College is launching a comprehensive public health initiative through its Lisa and James Wilson Institute for Medicine. Among other components, the initiative will include a contact tracing and public health training program for students, an online seminar program, and workshops for children and other community members.

Community College of Denver

Denver, Colorado

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Extending a helping hand to prospective college students in the area, Community College of Denver is waiving tuition for all 2020 graduates of Denver Public Schools this fall due to the financial impact of the public health crisis. In an effort to keep students safe as they begin their college careers, the school also plans to alter the traditional format of their classes to include blended and remote learning.

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

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Researchers studying the novel coronavirus at Duke University have made a breakthrough discovery, and it’s not good news. They’ve found a mutation of Covid-19 that spreads faster than the original strain.  Scientists are now looking to determine whether or not this new strain will impact the potential for a coronavirus vaccine in the near future. The good news is that this mutation of the virus does not appear to be any more dangerous than the original strain.

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas

El Paso Community College’s Social Work Club has found several ways to help its local community amid the pandemic. In addition to making cloth masks as well as clear masks for deaf individuals, club members have also been visiting a temporary homeless shelter to visit and care for people who have been displaced by the Covid-19 health crisis. The club is currently comprised of 20 active members.

South Mountain Community College

Phoenix, Arizona

To address the need for testing in its local area, South Mountain Community College is serving as a free Covid-19 testing site. Participants need only show a valid ID to be tested and do not need to be symptomatic. Organizations that collaborated to make the free testing event possible include the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the HeroZona Foundation, and the Travis L. Williams American Legion Post 65.

Cape Cod Community College

West Barnstable, Massachusetts

Date Added: 06/19/2020

In an attempt to help its local community’s testing efforts, Cape Cod Community College stepped up to serve as a drive-through coronavirus testing site. The site has been open since right after the initial outbreak and has been testing symptomatic residents of the area seven days per week. Priority is given to the elderly as well as those with serious underlying conditions.

Elgin Community College

Elgin, Illinois

Date Added: 06/19/2020

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To aid its state’s contact tracing efforts, Elgin Community College has launched a free online training course for those interested in becoming certified contact tracers. The school’s Division of Workforce Development and Continuing Education developed the self-paced course in order to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the region. The course will cover topics such as contact tracing basics, digital tools for contact tracing, case monitoring, and more.

Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Date Added: 06/19/2020

To help with Covid-19 testing efforts in rural parts of the state, the Medical University of South Carolina has opened a mobile testing site. The initiative will support drive-through and walk-up testing in underserved areas throughout the state. Testing is free and will be administered via nasal swab.

Salish Kootenai College

Pablo, Montana

Date Added: 06/19/2020

In partnership with Lake County and the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe, Salish Kootenai College will be hosting a free Covid-19 testing event on its campus. Montana Governor Steve Bullock has set a goal to test 60,000 of the state’s residents this month.

Sandhills Community College

Pinehurst, North Carolina

Date Added: 06/19/2020

Sandhills Community College is expanding its Small Business Center services to help local business owners survive the pandemic. Through the Reboot, Recover, Rebuild initiative, the school will be offering webinars and one-on-one counseling sessions on a variety of business-related topics, including marketing, accounting, legal issues, and more. This expansion is made possible through a grant from the 2020 Covid-19 Recovery Act.

Bellevue College

Bellevue, Washington

Date Added: 06/17/2020

Joining numerous other colleges and universities across the nation, Bellevue College is assisting with its community’s Covid-19 testing efforts. Coronavirus test kits will be offered via drive-through, and participants are advised to self-test via nasal swab. No insurance is required, and testing is available free of charge.

Goshen College

Goshen, Indiana

Date Added: 06/17/2020

Goshen College is stepping up to help the area’s Latino community amid the public health crisis. Due to a spike in cases amongst this community, the school will be leading an initiative to help mitigate the spread of the virus amongst the Latino population. In partnership with the Elkhart County Health Department, the college will be supporting area Latinos through increased education regarding the spread of the virus, expanded testing opportunities, and advocating for their concerns regarding the government’s response to the pandemic.

Montgomery County Community College

Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Date Added: 06/17/2020

To help isolate any new outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in its local area, Montgomery County Community College is transforming its campus into a Covid-19 testing site. As part of the county’s new early detection initiative, the school is welcoming any nearby resident who wants to be tested, regardless of symptoms. Interested participants must arrange an appointment via telephone.

Nash Community College

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Date Added: 06/17/2020

Nash Community College is taking important steps to aid in its local area’s economic recovery amid the pandemic. Through a grant from the 2020 Covid-19 Recovery Act, the school’s Small Business Center will be offering counseling and advisement services to area business owners as they struggle to keep their heads above water in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Clients may make appointments to receive counseling sessions via telephone, videoconferencing, or in person.

Paul Quinn College

Dallas, Texas

Date Added: 06/17/2020

Paul Quin College is now one of many institutions of higher education across the country to lend a hand to its region’s coronavirus testing efforts. Through its “Safe For My City” campaign, the school is welcoming Dallas residents to campus where they can receive free testing, masks, and even food. Both drive-through and walk-up participants are allowed.

Erie Community College

Buffalo, New York

Date Added: 06/15/2020

Lending a helping hand to its local area amid the pandemic, Erie Community College is offering up the use of its athletic center as a temporary homeless shelter. The initiative is part of a partnership between the school and the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless. Typically, the coalition provides shelters during cold weather nights, but since the Covid-19 outbreak, it has transitioned to meet the needs of individuals displaced during the public health crisis.

Rhode Island College

Providence, Rhode Island

Date Added: 06/15/2020

Rhode Island College has agreed to help with its state’s coronavirus testing efforts as an official National Guard testing site. In collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Health, the school will be providing free Covid-19 tests for those essential workers who are at a particularly high risk of infection due to close contact with the public. These include fitness instructors, tattoo artists, hair and nail professionals, and childcare workers, for instance. Participants need not have symptoms in order to be tested.

Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas

Date Added: 06/15/2020

During the initial stages of the coronavirus outbreak, it was unclear as to whether or not face masks actually provided any real protection from exposure or infection. That mystery has been solved, thanks to a study out of Texas A&M University. The research found that over 65,000 Covid-19 cases were prevented by face masks in New York City alone. The findings also support the hypothesis that face coverings provide protection during interaction with an infected person and also while exposed to aerosols that remain in the air for more than ten minutes after the person talks or coughs, for instance. Researchers concluded that the decision not to wear a face mask “dramatically” increases an individual’s risk of Covid-19 infection.

University of Wisconsin- Platteville

Platteville, Wisconsin

Date Added: 06/15/2020

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Joining the ranks of dozens of other colleges and universities across the United States, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is contributing to its region’s coronavirus testing efforts. The initiative is part of a collaboration among the university, the Wisconsin National Guard, and the Grant County Health Department. Appointments are recommended for testing, and participants must be at least six years old to receive a test.

University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Date Added: 06/15/2020

Providing edutainment opportunities for families and children during the pandemic, environmental education students from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Schmeekle Reserve and Central Wisconsin Environmental Station are creating free online nature videos. Since their traditional practicum classes were canceled due to Covid-19, the students are getting creative with technology in order to fulfill their course requirements while simultaneously providing fun educational content for the community. Topics include gardening, foraging, wildlife, and birding among others.

Mott Community College

Flint, Michigan

Date Added: 06/15/2020

Helping residents of Genesee County get the coronavirus testing services they need, Mott Community College is serving as a drive-through/walk-up testing site. Participants need not have a doctor’s referral to be tested, nor do they need to be exhibiting symptoms. There is no charge for the service, and the site will be able to handle up to 250 tests daily.

College of Lake County

Grayslake, Illinois

Date Added: 06/15/2020

Responding to the need for trained contact tracers in its local area, the College of Lake County is offering an online certificate program. The program consists of a single 6-8 hour course and costs just $49. Nearby Lake County Health Department will be hiring roughly 150 contact tracers as part of a pilot program by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

North Carolina A&T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

Date Added: 06/15/2020

North Carolina A&T State University has received a state grant in the amount of $1 million to study the novel coronavirus. The money is earmarked for five different projects, including a study of the economic impact of Covid-19 on the school’s local area as well as research that could reduce deaths among senior citizens with the coronavirus. On another front, the university has plans to develop a fever detection system for school-aged children.

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Date Added: 06/15/2020

Thanks to a $1 million state grant, Winston-Salem State University will be embarking on three different research projects probing the novel coronavirus. A large portion of the research will center around the effects of Covid-19 on minority populations. The grant was issued from UNC-Chapel Hill’s N.C. Policy Collaboratory.

New Jersey City University

Jersey City, New Jersey

Date Added: 06/15/2020

New Jersey City University’s Small Business Development Center is doing what it can to help nearby small business owners grapple with the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic. Representatives will be participating in a webinar series hosted by the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation. The sessions are free for business owners and will address topics such as economic sustainability, profitability, and marketing strategy.

Passaic County Community College

Paterson, New Jersey

Date Added: 06/10/2020

Doing its part to help with area coronavirus testing efforts, Passaic County Community College has agreed to be a Covid-19 testing site. Participants can qualify for the testing via an online visit with a healthcare provider. Tests will be administered via saliva collection.

Community College of Rhode Island

Warwick, Rhode Island

Date Added: 06/10/2020

Offering an assist to the state’s testing initiatives, Community College of Rhode Island has stepped up as a National Guard Testing site. Thanks to Rhode Island’s Early Warning Testing System, tests will be available free of charge for high-risk workers, including gym employees, hairstylists, and childcare workers, for instance.  

South Suburban College

South Holland, Illinois

Date Added: 06/10/2020

To help with Covid-19 testing in the region, South Suburban College has agreed to serve as an official testing site for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). Drive-through testing will be available for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals.

Moraine Valley Community College

Palos Hills, Illinois

Date Added: 06/10/2020

A history professor at Moraine Valley Community College has created a summer webinar series addressing the pandemic. The three one-hour sessions are available to the public at the affordable price of just $15 per session. Topics will include the history of public health in the U.S., past epidemics, and the Spanish Flu.

Hudson County Community College

Jersey City, New Jersey

Date Added: 06/10/2020

In an effort to help restore its local economy, Hudson County Community College will be contributing to a webinar series for area business owners. The initiative is part of a partnership between the school and the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation. The four-part series is free to participants and will cover topics such as financial statements, marketing strategies, and forecasting. Experts from HCCC will be available for questions following each session.

County College of Morris

Randolph, New Jersey

Date Added: 06/08/2020

The state of New Jersey is ramping up the testing of asymptomatic individuals in order to mitigate the transmission of the novel coronavirus. To help with this effort, the County College of Morris is serving as a testing site. Any Morris County resident can participate in the testing, but health care workers and first responders will be given priority.

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Date Added: 06/08/2020

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Fitchburg State University is lending a hand to local small businesses amid the pandemic, particularly those in downtown Fitchburg. Through its Reimagine North of Maine initiative, the school is providing over $60,000 in Covid-19 relief funds to downtown businesses who have been hit hard by mandatory closings in the wake of the public health crisis. Funding applications have already been approved for more than two dozen local businesses.

Kapi’olani Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii

Date Added: 06/08/2020

To support Hawaii’s contact tracing efforts, Kapiolani Community College is ramping up efforts to train community health workers. These workers will be needed in order to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in the region’s hot spots. They will work closely with contact tracers, including those who have completed the training program offered by the University of Hawaii.

Texas Woman’s University

Denton, Texas

Date Added: 06/08/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the United States healthcare industry, creating an urgent demand for nurses and other trained health care professionals. In order to help fill this need, Texas Woman’s University is expanding the reach of its nursing education program by partnering with area community colleges such as Alvin Community College (ACC). Interested students will apply to a dual program, which will result in both an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).

Western Technical College

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Date Added: 06/08/2020

To assist with its state’s Covid-19 testing efforts, Western Technical College is contributing the use of its campus facilities for drive-through/walk-up testing. The service is available for those residents of the area who are experiencing possible coronavirus symptoms. After the test is administered, individuals will be advised to self-isolate pending the results from the lab.

Allegheny College

Meadville, Pennsylvania

Date Added: 06/05/2020

Allegheny College has received nearly $30,000 in grant funds from the Erie Community Foundation to support its pandemic relief efforts. The Covid-19 Rapid Response grant will assist the school’s Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps Volunteers Service to America (VISTA) Project, a community-wide effort to expand educational opportunities and reverse the economic damage caused by the public health crisis.

Beaufort County Community College

Washington, North Carolina

Date Added: 06/05/2020

The Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College is stepping up to do its part amid the economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Through Pandemic Relief Fund grants approved by North Carolina’s General Assembly, the school is able to offer local businesses with the support and resources they need to recover from the public health crisis. Business owners can apply to receive individual counseling via teleconferencing, marketing assistance, and information regarding federal loans and grant programs, for example.

Kellogg Community College

Battle Creek, Michigan

Date Added: 06/05/2020

Helping to ramp up testing for its local community, Kellogg Community College is hosting a drive-up Covid-19 testing event on its campus. Walk-up tests will also be administered, and up to 600 samples will be taken daily. No doctor’s referrals are needed, and even asymptomatic patients can be tested for the novel coronavirus.

Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland

Date Added: 06/05/2020

To support the school’s Covid-19 relief efforts, the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded Morgan State University $150,000. The funds are just a portion of the $5 million that the foundation has dispersed nationwide. In addition to helping the local community recover from the economic blows of the pandemic, the money will also help the university conduct important research into the novel coronavirus.

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Date Added: 06/05/2020

Researchers at Stanford University are repurposing a new tool intended to fight the flu. The Prophylactic Antiviral CRISPR in human cells—or PAC-MAN—is a gene-editing technology that could stop the coronavirus from replicating once it has infected the body. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is supporting the initiative.

Chabot College

Hayward, California

Date Added: 06/03/2020

After the pandemic hit, Chabot College sprung into action to help students struggling to make the transition to distance learning. In addition to providing Chromebooks so that students could access their classes, the school has also contributed nearly $200,000 in funds allocated for basic expenses like food and housing costs. The money was raised through The Friends of Chabot College and the Covid-19 Emergency Student Aid Appeal.

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Date Added: 06/03/2020

According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Health and Security, a minimum of 30 contact tracers are needed for every one-hundred-thousand citizens. To help fill this need, the College of DuPage is launching a contact tracing training program. The program will be offered online and will last for four weeks. Eligible participants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Haywood Community College

Clyde, North Carolina

Date Added: 06/03/2020

Like dozens of other community colleges across the U.S., Haywood Community College is rallying to help local small businesses amid the pandemic. Through its Small Business Center, the college will be offering free counseling services to area business owners as part of a collaboration with the county as well as the NC Small Business Center Network. The program, called Reboot, Recover, Rebuild (or R3 for short), will provide business owners with the resources and support they need to survive the public health crisis.

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, New York

Date Added: 06/03/2020

To help get its community back to work, LaGuardia Community College is launching a job training program specifically for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents. As part of a collaboration with Urban Upbound and Senator Michael Gianaris, the Linking Interests to Careers Program is designed to help residents identify job opportunities based on their talents and inclinations. In addition to basic career services, the program is also set to offer full and partial scholarships to various training programs.

University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida

Date Added: 06/03/2020

Anticipating the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its students, the University of Tampa is ramping up its fundraising efforts to provide more scholarships to students in need. The campaign, dubbed #AllInForUT, has already raised over $250,000. Moreover, the university has committed to not only matching but doubling the amount of each donation made from the community.

Clarkson University

Potsdam, New York

Date Added: 06/01/2020

Biology professors at Clarkson University will be participating in a genome study of the novel coronavirus in order to better understand its connectivity patterns. The study is significant because it will help reveal critical information regarding the virus’s viability and transmission. Clarkson Innovation Fund Project will be sponsoring the study.

The Evergreen State College

Olympia, Washington

Date Added: 06/01/2020

In an attempt to educate the public about the public health crisis, The Evergreen State College has launched an online pandemic academy. The academy will feature eight distinct lectures led by Evergreen faculty members. Some of the topics that will be addressed include pandemic ethics, incarceration amid the coronavirus crisis, and food justice, for example.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Teaneck, New Jersey

Date Added: 06/01/2020

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Fairleigh Dickinson University has joined a plethora of other universities across the country in serving as a coronavirus testing site. The drive-up site is open to nearby residents who are currently showing symptoms of Covid-19. Both saliva tests and nasal swabs will be available, and tests will be processed by the private lab Sunrise Diagnostic Laboratory.

Southeast Community College

Lincoln, Nebraska

Date Added: 06/01/2020

Like many other colleges across the country, Southeast Community College was left with loads of unused food when students had to leave campus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of letting it go to waste, SCC is putting it to good use. For the last few months, the community college’s employees have been delivering food donations to nearby food banks and charity organizations such as People’s City Mission and Lincoln Food Bank. So far, thousands of dollars of food items have been donated on behalf of the school.

West Virginia State University

Institute, West Virginia

Date Added: 06/01/2020

To help bridge the educational gap left by the coronavirus pandemic, West Virginia State University will be offering free 4-H virtual workshops to children in its surrounding communities. Workshops will be open to students in preschool through high school, and topics will include theater, gardening, poetry, and Spanish, for instance. The online program is being offered through the university’s Extension Service.

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

Date Added: 05/29/2020

City College of San Francisco is serving its community during the public health crisis by acting as a coronavirus testing site. The addition of this new walk-up Covid-19 site is intended to ramp up testing in the city’s most underserved areas. Appointments are encouraged, but not necessary.

Greenfield Community College

Greenfield, Massachusetts

Date Added: 05/29/2020

Doing its part to help underserved populations in its local area, Greenfield Community College will be hosting a food distribution event for nearby veterans. The event is the result of a collaboration between the school, the Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans’ Service District, 22 Cares, and the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation. Preregistration is available, and homebound veterans can arrange to have their food kits delivered.

Lakeland Community College

Kirkland, Ohio

Date Added: 05/29/2020

To help reverse the damage the Covid-19 crisis has caused to its local community, Lakeland Community College is offering free career-based workshops to residents of the area. The workshops will be offered online, and topics will include online job search strategies, resume techniques, and interviewing skills. Participants may also schedule appointments for individual career coaching.

Shawnee Community College

Ullin, Illinois

Date Added: 05/29/2020

To help its community recover from the economic damage incurred by the public health crisis, Shawnee Community College is offering free online courses to residents of the local community. The ten self-paced courses are offered entirely online and at no charge to participants. Offered through the school’s Workforce Innovation Division, the classes are intended to help students develop new job skills. Sample course titles include Keys to Effective Communication, Marketing Your Business on the Internet, and Fundamentals of Supervision and Management.

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Date Added: 05/29/2020

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Fighting the novel coronavirus on the information front, the University of Mary Washington is offering a free online course to local community members. The class, called “Covid in Context” will cover topics such as the pandemic’s effect on climate change, politics, and the arts, for instance. Virtual class meetings will be held twice a week throughout the summer and will feature streaming lectures by university faculty members as well as interactive discussions.

Averett University

Danville, Virginia

Date Added: 05/27/2020

When students left campus earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the university’s dining halls were left with stores of food intended for student consumption. Instead of allowing it to go to waste, the university made the decision to donate over three thousand pounds of food to a local food bank. The donations will be distributed to local families in need of assistance amid this public health crisis.

Bergen Community College

Paramus, New Jersey

Date Added: 05/27/2020

Bergen Community College has adapted its operations to accommodate the ongoing need for coronavirus testing in its state. The school recently announced that it will be keeping its campus closed and holding all summer classes online so that FEMA can continue to use its facilities as a drive-through testing site.

Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Date Added: 05/27/2020

As the largest community college in Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Area Community College is stepping up to lend a hand to the state’s contact tracing initiative. The school has developed a month-long training program to prepare prospective tracers to perform their duties proficiently. The cost of the hybrid course is $429, but waivers are available to eligible participants.

Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

Date Added: 05/27/2020

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Researchers at Indiana University have been getting creative with potential solutions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Preliminary results from one of the school’s recent studies show that certain electrically-charged fabric could deactivate the virus, making it an ideal material for personal protective equipment (PPE) like face masks.  More studies are needed before IU researchers can submit their request to the FDA for emergency use authorization.

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, New York

Date Added: 05/27/2020

To better understand public sentiment regarding Covid-19 as well as the loosening of stay-at-home orders, Marist College has conducted a poll. Results indicated that most people are concerned about another surge of coronavirus cases. Those most likely to fear a second wave of the pandemic were Democrats and women.

Camden County College

Blackwood, New Jersey

Date Added: 05/25/2020

Joining community colleges across the nation that want to lend a helping hand amid the pandemic, Camden County College is contributing the use of its campus facilities to serve as a testing site for Covid-19. Though the site is primarily focused on testing frontline healthcare professionals and first responders as well as essential workers, any Camden County resident with a doctor’s referral can participate.

Clackamas Community College

Oregon City, Oregon

Date Added: 05/25/2020

Like numerous other community colleges across the United States, Clackamas Community College is using its resources and expertise to help local businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic. In collaboration with Clackamas Workforce Partnership, the college is offering support and assistance to small business owners throughout the area as they attempt to keep employees on the payroll and maintain operations during this unprecedented public health crisis. The initiative has been named Rapid Response and will remain available even after the pandemic has ended.

Colby College

Waterville, Maine

Date Added: 05/25/2020

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Many colleges and universities across the country have amped up their career services in order to help their graduates find employment amidst the pandemic. Colby College is going above and beyond, however, through a new initiative called Pay It Northward. The goal of the program is to find employment or graduate school placement for the school’s entire senior class within two months of graduation. To accomplish this lofty goal, the entire campus as well as the college’s alumni network has pivoted to focus on post-graduate placement efforts.

Ocean County College

Toms River, New Jersey

Date Added: 05/25/2020

Ocean County College has stepped up to fill the need for contact tracing in its community. The school is partnering with the local health department to establish the Ocean County Public Health Covid-19 Disease Investigation/ Contact Tracing Institute. Specifically, OCC will be providing facilities as well as technical resources as the Institute seeks to recruit and train contact tracers to work within the local area.

Robeson Community College

Lumberton, North Carolina

Date Added: 05/25/2020

Robeson Community College is assisting its community amid the public health crisis by serving as a mobile testing site. Tests are available to all local residents ages 16 and up, despite their symptoms. Participants are encouraged to register online prior to visiting the site, however. The coronavirus tests available at RCC are mouth swab tests that can be self-administered.

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Date Added: 05/22/2020

Broward College has joined dozens of other colleges and universities across the nation in producing critical personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic. Using 3-D printers, student volunteers are making medical face shields to prevent exposure to the virus. So far, the college has made 250 shields with a goal of eventually producing 1,000. Donations have already been made to nearby Memorial Healthcare.

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, New Jersey

Date Added: 05/22/2020

Researchers at Monmouth University are studying the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on relationships. Encouragingly, the survey of couples across the United States found that romantic partnerships have either remained positive or even improved over the duration of the quarantine. A psychology professor at the university says the results aren’t surprising as people usually seek out stability through their partners during times of crisis.

Purdue University Global

Indianapolis, Indiana

Date Added: 05/22/2020

To assist with the nationwide contact tracing effort amid the public health crisis, Purdue University is offering a free online course to train prospective tracers. The class is self-paced and designed to be completed within just six to eight weeks. Topics covered include virus transmission, mitigation strategies, and contact tracing guidelines and regulations, for example.

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Date Added: 05/22/2020

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Regent University is waiving fees and discounting tuition for high schoolers who want to jumpstart their college careers amid the pandemic. The school’s Early College program is also being offered online and features general education courses in subjects such as English, math, business, and psychology. Eligible students include those ages 16 and over.

University of California- Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Date Added: 05/22/2020

Addressing the limitations of the U.S. healthcare system to provide efficient coronavirus testing services, researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles are working to develop a rapid testing device that would detect the presence of the novel coronavirus upon the patient breathing into it. Though similar to a breathalyzer apparatus, the device will actually test saliva particles released upon exhale. The UCLA team has received a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to pursue the project.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Bronx, New York

Date Added: 05/20/2020

Albert Einstein College of Medicine has released the results of a study centered on children who have been hospitalized with Covid-19. Published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the research revealed some surprising findings. For example, the majority of the children admitted to the hospital with the novel coronavirus had not been in contact with anyone else who tested positive for the virus. Furthermore, underlying conditions such as obesity and asthma seemed to have no effect on the severity of the kids’ cases. Researchers say more studies are needed in order to better understand how Covid-19 affects the younger population.

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, North Dakota

Date Added: 05/20/2020

Bismarck State College is partnering with the North Dakota Department of Health to contribute to the state’s testing efforts. Eight students enrolled in the school’s medical laboratory technician program will be assisting in test kit preparation. According to their teachers, these students have demonstrated an eagerness to serve amid the pandemic since it began. The partnership will serve a dual purpose as students gain clinical experience from the opportunity.

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

Date Added: 05/20/2020

Florida Gulf Coast University has spotted an opportunity to help its state reopen and resume economic activity in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Through its Lutgert College of Business and Marieb College of Health & Human Services, the university is launching a program called RESTART SWFL with the intent of increasing consumer confidence in Southwest Florida. At the heart of the initiative is an official Seal of Confidence that local businesses can display to show that they have agreed to a set of safe reopening guidelines. In addition, the program includes an expansion of FGCU’s existing Small Business Development Center’s resources to help area business owners as they attempt to recover from the financial damage incurred by the Covid-19 crisis.

Texas Southmost College

Brownsville, Texas

Date Added: 05/20/2020

Texas Southmost College has discovered a way to help its local community on both the health and economic fronts. By offering an online course on effective sanitation and disinfection methods for businesses in the area, the college hopes to help keep residents safe while simultaneously helping small businesses recover economically. The effort is part of a partnership between the school and the City of Brownsville as well as Cameron County health officials. Business owners who successfully complete the class will receive not only a certificate, but also a sticker they can display in their windows.

Washington University in St. Louis

Saint Louis. Missouri

Date Added: 05/20/2020

Washington University in St. Louis is participating in a global trial of the drug hydrochloroquine to test whether it can prevent new cases of Covid-19. The study’s participants will include frontline workers who are regularly exposed to the virus. Previous trials of the drug have focused on its ability to prevent the virus from replicating after infection. This new study, conducted through the university’s School of Medicine, will test the drug’s capacity to prevent infection in the first place.

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

Date Added: 05/18/2020

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Emory University is continuing clinical trials of the promising drug Remdesivir, but this time, researchers are adding a second drug to the study—an immune modulator called Baricitinib. The two-pronged drug therapy will work by keeping Covid-19 from multiplying in the patient’s body while simultaneously calming the inflammation caused by the immune system’s response to the infection.

Kean University

Union, New Jersey

  Date Added: 05/18/2020 

Kean University, like many other institutions of higher education across the nation, is revamping campus facilities for use as a testing site for Covid-19. The site will offer free coronavirus testing to all Union County residents, regardless of symptoms. Healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines of the pandemic in Union County can also receive a free screening, even if they reside in another county. Through this drive-up testing service, the university hopes to help its community reopen safely.

Middlesex Community College

Bedford, Massachusetts

Date Added: 05/18/2020

Middlesex Community College’s department of Corporate Education & Training is partnering with businesses in its community to provide remote training to employees. Because of mandatory closings, these employees need a way to receive necessary on-the-job training without physically attending workshops. MCC is filling this need. Instruction is currently being delivered via Zoom, a video conferencing application.

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Date Added: 05/18/2020

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Sam Houston State University is rallying together its resources to tackle the coronavirus pandemic on several different fronts. In addition to sewing face masks and 3D-printing face shields for local healthcare providers, the school is also providing resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs as they endure the economic impact of Covid-19. Across campus, the university’s College of Education has also compiled a list of resources to help teachers across the country transition to remote instruction amid the pandemic.

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Date Added: 05/18/2020

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh has teamed up with Ball State University to investigate the impact of Wisconsin’s recent elections on the public health crisis. Investigators discovered a positive correlation between the state’s in-person voting numbers and an increase in its Covid-19 cases. The results of the study are being submitted for peer review.

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky

Date Added: 05/15/2020

Bellarmine University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies has created a self-paced online summer course centered around the pandemic. Entitled Covid-19: In This Together, the class is open to the public and addresses the impact of the public health crisis on various sectors of society, including business, theology, and the arts, for instance. The cost of enrollment is just $75, and discounts are available to Bellarmine alumnus as well as to senior citizens.

Bluefield State College

Bluefield, West Virginia

Date Added: 05/15/2020

Like many other colleges throughout the region and the nation, Bluefield State College is providing space on its campus for coronavirus testing.  The site’s opening is part of a state-wide effort to provide more testing for minority communities in West Virginia. Individuals with or without symptoms can be tested, and there is no charge for the service.

Blue Ridge Community College

Flat Rock, North Carolina

Date Added: 05/15/2020

Many colleges and universities across the nation are using their 3-D printers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face shields and visors for healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic. Blue Ridge Community College is joining this effort, but with a slightly different approach. Instead of producing the PPE itself, the school is making support straps for surgical masks to reduce the ear fatigue and discomfort caused by wearing the masks for long periods of time.

Eastern Iowa Community College District

Davenport, Iowa

Date Added: 05/15/2020

The Eastern Iowa Community College District is partnering with Clinton Regional Development Corporation to address the impact of Covid-19 on the local job market. The team’s mission is to help the area’s unemployed workers identify job opportunities in various sectors such as human resources, education, and manufacturing, for instance.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia

Date Added: 05/15/2020

Engineers from Georgia Tech are teaming up with specialists from Emory University to design new types of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. Recognizing the need for extra protection during the intubation process, the team has designed a barrier box to be placed over the patient’s head and shoulders during the procedure. Two different prototypes have been developed—a fold-up box and a C-shaped frame.

This isn’t the first collaborative effort by Emory and Georgia Tech. The two schools worked together in late March to create thousands of face shield kits for healthcare providers in need.

Eastern Florida State College

Cocoa, Florida

Date Added: 05/13/2020

Eastern Florida State College has made its campus facilities available for free Covid-19 testing. One of many colleges across the nation to transition to a testing site for the coronavirus, EFSC has partnered with the City of Palm Bay and Brevard County to offer this important service to its community. No doctor’s referral is needed to be eligible, and nasal swabs will be administered via a drive-up format.

Fox Valley Technical College

Appleton, Wisconsin

Date Added: 05/13/2020

Doing its part to help the community ramp up Covid-19 testing, Fox Valley Technical College will be hosting drive-up coronavirus testing for the counties of Outagamie, Calumet, and Winnebago. The service will be available to residents with or without an appointment, and up to 300 tests will be administered per day.

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Date Added: 05/13/2020

Realizing the impact of the novel coronavirus on the job market, Grand Rapids Community College is helping workers in its community learn new skills. The school is offering ten new online courses that focus on job skills and career management. These courses are self-paced and available to the general public. Some of the course topics include successful job searches, personal finance, web page development, customer service, and more.

Morehouse School of Medicine

Atlanta, Georgia

Date Added: 05/13/2020

Researchers at Morehouse School of Medicine have made an important discovery involving the role of race in coronavirus infections. After analyzing data regarding the spread of Covid-19 throughout its surrounding area, the school found that counties affected most by the virus were those with higher populations of African Americans. Researchers suspect this disproportionate impact is related to underlying health conditions impacting the black population, including obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, for instance.

Oakton Community College

Des Plaines, Illinois

Date Added: 05/13/2020

Oakton Community College has stepped up to fill the demand for trained contact tracers amid the pandemic. Its new paraprofessional training program has been developed with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The course is available online, and participants must be at least 18 to enroll. Once enrolled, students have a month to complete the training, though it can be finished in as little as three weeks.

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Date Added: 05/11/2020

A management professor at Bucknell University is investigating the effects of working remotely amid the pandemic and beyond. The research will look at issues like how work efficiency changes when employees telecommute and how the job market is affected when companies no longer have to hire local applicants, for example. Working conditions and outcomes will be probed across four continents. Results of the study could be used to inform corporate work-from-home policies across the globe.

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Date Added: 05/11/2020

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As social distancing regulations and stay-at-home orders are being loosened across the country, Johns Hopkins University has developed a risk assessment tool to help businesses navigate the process of opening back up amid a pandemic. Launched through the university’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center for Health Security, the tool allows business owners to objectively assess their risk for transmitting Covid-19 and teaches them how to minimize this risk as they reopen.

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Date Added: 05/11/2020

Rutgers University has received emergency use approval from the FDA for its at-home, saliva-based Covid-19 testing kit. This development enables patients around the United States to take a convenient coronavirus test from the comfort of their homes and then send it to a nearby lab for testing. The implications of this new testing method are far-reaching. Not only does it facilitate more testing, but it also protects healthcare workers from unnecessary exposure to the virus while conducting tests. Furthermore, the home testing method will conserve nasal swabs and personal protective equipment (PPE) used during the current sample collection method.

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Date Added: 05/11/2020

While most of the efforts to find drug therapies for Covid-19 are centered on treating the most severe patients, Stanford University has embarked on a different kind of study. The university will begin clinical trials of a drug called peginterferon for patients with mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus. Animal studies have shown promise in the drug’s ability to reduce symptoms and most importantly, prevent the infection from becoming critical. Crucially, peginterferon has already been proven safe in treating other conditions, which means it is a good candidate for a fast-track approval from the FDA.

University of Missouri- Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

Date Added: 05/11/2020

Research out of the University of Missouri-Kansas City suggests that K-12 campus closings across the country may prompt a different kind of epidemic—one that involves childhood obesity. A principal investigator at the university predicts that six months of pandemic-induced distance learning for grade-school kids could result in a national childhood obesity increase of nearly 5%. As kids are learning from their personal computers at home rather than their classrooms, they are missing out on recess as well as school P.E. facilities. Moreover, they are much more likely to indulge in unhealthy snacks during a Zoom class than a traditional one. Researchers point out that the obesity crisis in America poses health risks that could be even more dangerous than the novel coronavirus, at least long-term.

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

Date Added: 05/08/2020

Using an advanced technique called next-generation sequencing, Arizona State University has discovered a mutation of the original Covid-19 virus. The groundbreaking discovery was made at the university’s Genomics Facility where nearly 400 nasal swabs were analyzed and then compared to sequences already documented in an international database.

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Date Added: 05/08/2020

Duke University researchers think they have discovered a mutated strain of the novel coronavirus that is more contagious than the original. In collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory, university scientists analyzed over six thousand coronavirus sequences from a global database to pinpoint the mutation. The findings have been disputed by other infectious disease experts, however.  

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

Date Added: 05/08/2020

Loyola University Maryland has made a bold move in the effort to save its local small businesses from financial ruin amid the pandemic. The school’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship has developed a program called Loyola Crisis Navigators to provide much-needed assistance to business owners in the region. Participants can sign up to meet with a designated crisis navigator virtually in order to discuss strategies and resources for surviving the public health crisis on an economic level. The team of crisis navigators is comprised of area business experts who have volunteered their time to help the community.

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date Added: 05/08/2020

Coaches and other athletic personnel at the University of Pittsburgh have pooled their financial resources together with local sports teams in order to make a sizeable donation to the school’s Center for Vaccine Research. As a result, a total of $800k will be propping up Pitt’s ongoing efforts to find a viable vaccine for Covid-19.

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Date Added: 05/08/2020

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An engineering professor at the University of Utah is developing a portable Covid-19 sensor that can connect to a smartphone. Using a downloaded app and a single drop of saliva, the sensor can provide a diagnosis in roughly one minute. The senor’s development has been funded by a Rapid Response grant from the National Science Foundation.

The university is also beginning mass coronavirus testing of random households throughout its state. The joint effort by the college’s David Eccles School of Business and the University of Utah Health has been launched in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the spread of Covid-19 across Utah. Findings will help public officials make important decisions about restarting the state’s economy.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Date Added: 05/06/2020

Like many other community colleges across the United States, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is getting creative in order to contribute to the Covid-19 relief effort. The school has launched a “Unity Campaign,” which is a multi-faceted initiative to combat the novel coronavirus on various fronts. The campaign incentivizes students to do their part to help area front-line workers amid the pandemic by offering $100 scholarships to those willing to help sew face masks. Other aspects of the initiative include free college courses for high school graduates and essential workers.

Dixie State University

Saint George, Utah

Date Added: 05/06/2020

The Innovation Plaza at Dixie State University is helping ease the shortage of medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the public health crisis. Engineering students and professors are using Plaza resources to 3-D print ventilator splitters for medical facilities across the state of Utah. These splitters will increase the current capacity of ventilators, enabling these life-saving devices to treat more than one patient at a time. Face shields and masks are also being produced through the Innovation Plaza.

Northwood University

Midland, Michigan

Date Added: 05/06/2020

Reaching out to help its community cope with the public health crisis, Northwood University is hosting a virtual seminar entitled “How to Cope With COVID.” Offered through the school’s McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, the four-day event will include presentations from a variety of different faculty members, business leaders, and community advocates. Topics to be addressed include the financial impact of Covid-19, creativity amid a pandemic, and the political implications of the coronavirus outbreak, for instance.

Pennsylvania State University- Penn State Lehigh Valley

Center Valley, Pennsylvania

Date Added: 05/06/2020

Biobehavioral health students at Penn State Lehigh Valley are juggling their online classes while also providing relief on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The students are filling various essential roles from activities coordinators at senior assisted living facilities to patient registration attendants at nearby hospital emergency rooms, all while working towards their undergraduate degrees.

South Louisiana Community College

Lafayette, Louisiana

Date Added: 05/06/2020

Healthcare professionals aren’t the only types of workers in demand amid the pandemic. There is also a nationwide shortage of EMTs and paramedics to deal with the public health crisis. South Louisiana Community College is doing its part to help fill the gap. The school has opened a testing site for students across the state of Louisiana who need to earn their certification quickly in order to join the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. The testing site expects to host over 100 potential emergency medical technicians and paramedics as they take the necessary examination to become nationally certified first responders.

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina

Date Added: 05/04/2020

Appalachian State University is developing research plans centering on the novel coronavirus and its effect on the rural Appalachian community. More than 40 of the university’s faculty members will be participating in a number of different studies, focusing on topics like the economic effects of Covid-19, homelessness and substance abuse amid the pandemic, and forecasts regarding coronavirus hotspots and death rates, for example.

Bethel University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Date Added: 05/04/2020

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Bethel University students have teamed up to create whimsical face masks for donation to the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. The students, some of whom are studying graphic design, are creating unique images for the masks; their inspiration is the thought of making a kid smile during these scary times. So far, the team has made 150 of the masks and have donated its first batch of 100.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Date Added: 05/04/2020

Doing its part to ease the economic impact of Covid-19 on area businesses, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Zeigler College of Business is establishing a Small Business Recovery Program. The program will provide support and resources for local business owners as they attempt to keep their finances above water during the public health crisis.

“We know these are challenging days for small businesses throughout the region, and the Zeigler College of Business wants to be a partner to help solve those problems,” said Todd Shawver, dean of the Zeigler College of Business.”

NorthcentralPA.com, May 2 2020

Columbia-Greene Community College

Hudson, New York

Date Added: 05/04/2020

To assist in its community’s coronavirus testing efforts, Columbia-Greene Community College has contributed the use of its campus facilities to serve as a drive-up Covid-19 testing site. In partnership with the health department and Columbia Memoria Health, the school will be providing appointment-only testing for area residents.

Eastern Shore Community College

Melfa, Virginia

Date Added: 05/04/2020

Eastern Shore Community College is doing its part to help ease the impact of Covid-19 in a variety of different ways. Not only has the school 3-D printed face shields for front-line healthcare workers and donated numerous other PPE and medical supplies to nearby hospitals, but the college is also working hard to educate community members regarding how to keep themselves and others safe during the public health crisis.

Fresno City College

Fresno, California

Date Added: 05/04/2020

Doing its part to help the community amid the public health crisis, Fresno City College will donate use of its facilities for Covid-19 testing. The campus will provide one of eighty new testing sites in the region and is part of the governor’s plan to increase coronavirus testing by more than ten thousand tests per day. An appointment is necessary in order for testing to be administered.

George Washington University

Washington, D.C.

Date Added: 05/04/2020

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George Washington University has found itself in a unique position to help with the pandemic relief effort. The school has recently partnered with Curative, Inc. to provide their laboratories for use as Covid-19 testing facilities for the nation’s troops. As a result, Curative will have the capacity to process 50,000 tests per day on behalf of the U.S. military.

Howard University

Washington, D.C.

Date Added: 05/04/2020

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Assisting in the community’s Covid-19 relief effort, Howard University is partnering with Bank of America to expand coronavirus testing to underserved communities in the Washington, D.C. area. Testing will be free to residents over a three-month period.

Kennebec Valley Community College

Fairfield, Maine

Date Added: 05/04/2020

Kennebec Valley Community College’s 3-D printing club felt their contribution to the Covid-19 relief effort was a no-brainer. With the equipment, skills, and initiative to put their supply of printers to good use, the club set about producing face shields for front-line workers. So far, the team has made over 1,000 shields in just a month’s time. Donations have already been made to several healthcare facilities throughout Central Maine.

Lake Tahoe Community College

South Lake Tahoe, California

Date Added: 05/04/2020

To help with testing efforts in its local region, Lake Tahoe Community College has agreed to serve as a testing site for Covid-19. Testing will be administered by appointment only. The college is one of 80 new community testing sites added throughout California as part of the governor’s plans to reopen the state’s economy.

Long Beach City College

Long Beach, California

Date Added: 05/04/2020

Lending a helping hand to its community amid the public health crisis, Long Beach City College is serving as a rapid assessment Covid-19 testing site. Soldiers from the California Army National Guard is assisting with the event with the goal of administering one hundred tests per day.

Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia

Date Added: 05/04/2020

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Students enrolled in Marymount University’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program are using their talents to create washable cotton masks for nearby Arlington Free Clinic. The masks will be worn by patients, staff, and visitors to the clinic. The students have already created well over 100 of the masks for donation.

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi

Date Added: 05/04/2020

Appropriately, Mississippi State University is fighting Covid-19 via information. Its humanities institute will be hosting a public discussion of the coronavirus and its impact on the environment. The virtual event will feature an assistant professor at MSU who specializes in environmental anthropology and conservation politics.

Owensboro Community and Technical College

Owensboro, Kentucky

Date Added: 05/04/2020

In response to the increased need for coronavirus testing in its local area, Owensboro Community and Technical College will host drive-thru Covid-19 testing on its campus. The effort is a result of a partnership between the university and the Green River District Health Department.

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, Michigan

Date Added: 05/04/2020

In partnership with Michigan State University, Saginaw Valley State University is studying the area’s wastewater in order to detect any traces of the novel coronavirus. Researchers are repurposing existing technology used to inspect beaches for micro-bacteria to help in the Covid-19 relief effort. The results of the study will be used to assess the prevalence of the virus in the area.

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York

Date Added: 05/04/2020

An assistant professor of computer science at Skidmore College is contributing to the national body of knowledge surrounding contact tracing. Aarathi Prasad has been studying the topic for years, but now she’s applying what she knows to the current public health crisis. Part of her work involves the development of apps that could use smartphone technology to track positive diagnoses of the novel coronavirus.

Sussex County Community College

Newton, New Jersey

Date Added: 05/04/2020

In a gesture of community support, Sussex County Community College has offered up its campus to serve as a Covid-19 testing site. In partnership with Atlantic Health System and the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office, the school will be providing drive-thru coronavirus testing for individuals with a doctor’s referral.

Troy University

Troy, Alabama

Date Added: 05/04/2020

A faculty member from Troy University’s Chemistry and Physics Department is researching a potentially life-saving treatment for the novel coronavirus. Called pulmonary surfactant therapy, the treatment is designed to relieve acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which often accompanies severe Covid-19. The studies are being conducted in collaboration with ONY Biotech.

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

Date Added: 05/04/2020

To help with its region’s diagnostic efforts, the University of Memphis will host free drive-thru Covid-19 testing on its campus. Participants will need to complete a virtual screening process prior to being tested. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the university, Kroger Health, and Cherokee Health Systems.

Victor Valley College

Victorville, California

Date Added: 05/04/2020

In response to the pandemic, Victor Valley College is offering up the use of its recently-vacated campus to serve as a coronavirus testing site. For a two-week period, the school will host a drive-thru Covid-19 testing event by appointment only. VVC is one of eighty new community testing sites in California.

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