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HBCUs Receiving 250,000 COVID-19 Test Kits From Federal Government

HBCUs Receiving 250,000 COVID-19 Test Kits From Federal Government
Posted By: Will Moss on September 28, 2020

HBCUs Receiving 250,000 COVID-19 Test Kits From Federal Government

According to Admiral Brett Giroir from the White House, over 250,000 COVID-19 testing kits have been distributed to Howard University and 41 other HBCUs, with another 300,000 test kits on the way to 65 more HBCUs across the country.

“We think it’s very, very important to equip HBCUs. It is a fact, except for a few very high-tech globally competitive universities that many of these are small, rural and do not have the kind of laboratory capacity that other universities do have,” said Giroir.

The official said that black Americans are up to 5 times as likely to be hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, and according to the White House, tend to have older employees that along with other health factors, place them at a higher risk.

The universities and colleges are being sent enough kits to test all students.



Each institution will receive between 3,000 and 10,000 test kits initially, based on their size, and will be replenished on an as-needed basis.

The test kits are port of a 150 million unit order the US department of Health & Human Services placed with Abbott Laboratories. According to the administration, Florida A&M University, Kentucky State, Elizabeth City State University, Fort Valley State, Winston Salem State, Fayetteville State, and Howard University have already received their initial shipments.

President Donald Trump said “The historically black colleges and universities, we are doing, at my suggestion because they have had a difficult problem there, we are doing more testing there and finer testing. We have our great apparatus there.”

The initial shipments coincide with the annual White House conference on HBCUs taking place right now, through September 26, reports the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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