JCPS COVID-19 Testing Partner Earns Nearly $3 Million in Federal Grants | In depth

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The company providing COVID-19 testing for Jefferson County public schools had received nearly $3 million in mid-November through federal grants for school-based testing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The lion’s share of that money, available through grants from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services totaling $134 million, went to SphereDX after the most Kentucky’s large school district has implemented “test-to-stay” and “test-to-play” programs.

Records obtained Friday from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services through an open records request show that SphereDX received $2.9 million in federal grants between Aug. 2 and Nov. 19. This is over 2% of the total funding available through the school. grants based on COVID-19 testing.

The company, which also provides testing for some local private schools, earned nearly $2.7 million from federal school testing grants between Oct. 25 and Nov. 19, which covers the period when JCPS began. its main COVID-19 testing programs for students. , state records show.

JCPS, which has partnered with SphereDX for COVID-19 testing since the district offered free screenings at schools and more than 50 drive-thru sites, launched its voluntary “test to stay” program aimed at reduce the number of students sent home. quarantined after exposures to positive coronavirus cases on October 18.

Students who choose to participate in “Test to Stay” must test negative for COVID-19 each day before arriving at school for classroom instruction.

The district’s “test-to-play” program is mandatory for students who participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, and they must be screened weekly for COVID-19.

Thousands of JCPS students attend the programs each week on average, according to district health services manager Eva Stone.

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