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GSU Announces $15.7 Million Health Department Contract to Fight COVID-19 in Schools

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Georgia Southern University (GSU) is partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health to manage COVID-19 mitigation efforts in Georgia K-12 schools. GSU announced the $15.7 million contract Monday.

“Despite the fact that many believe that COVID-19 is no longer a concern, the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to have an impact around the world,” said Jessica Schwind, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Healthcare Logistics and Analytics (IHLA). “This impact, combined with an increase in influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, can be easily seen in our K-12 schools.”

IHLA staff will plan mitigation strategies for the school through the acquisition and delivery of resources. The Schwind team will review the proposals and offer assistance to schools to ensure that the products ordered are effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Some mitigation measures include high efficiency fans/particulate filtration systems and other personal protective equipment to reduce exposure.

“This is a comprehensive project that will make a big difference in keeping our youngest Georgians safe,” said Schwind, who is also an assistant professor of epidemiology at Georgia Southern’s Jian-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. “This project provides funding for schools to upgrade their ventilation and filtration systems, which in turn will help reduce the spread of other common airborne viruses. It is one of the most powerful tools for reducing the overall impact of respiratory disease.”

All schools are eligible to participate.

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GSU Announces $15.7 Million Health Department Contract to Fight COVID-19 in Schools

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Georgia Southern University (GSU) is partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health to manage COVID-19 mitigation efforts in Georgia K-12 schools. GSU announced the $15.7 million contract Monday.

“Despite the fact that many believe that COVID-19 is no longer a concern, the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to have an impact around the world,” said Jessica Schwind, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Healthcare Logistics and Analytics (IHLA). “This impact, combined with an increase in influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, can be easily seen in our K-12 schools.”

IHLA staff will plan mitigation strategies for the school through the acquisition and delivery of resources. The Schwind team will review the proposals and offer assistance to schools to ensure that the products ordered are effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Some mitigation measures include high efficiency fans/particulate filtration systems and other personal protective equipment to reduce exposure.

“This is a comprehensive project that will make a big difference in keeping our youngest Georgians safe,” said Schwind, who is also an assistant professor of epidemiology at Georgia Southern’s Jian-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. “This project provides funding for schools to upgrade their ventilation and filtration systems, which in turn will help reduce the spread of other common airborne viruses. It is one of the most powerful tools for reducing the overall impact of respiratory disease.”

All schools are eligible to participate.

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