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

As of 06/19/2020, there are 540 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.

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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