Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis received a two-year, $5 million grant to offer 50,000 saliva tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus developed by researchers at the medical school to students, teachers and staff in the six special education schools operated by the Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD).

“Our partnership with the Special School District strives to remove the obstacles related to testing and decrease the burden of COVID-19 for this vulnerable segment of the population,” said grant co-investigator Christina A. Gurnett, MD, PhD, the A. Ernest and Jane G. Stein Professor of Developmental Neurology and director of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology.

The test was developed by the Department of Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine and the McDonnell Genome Institute, in collaboration with a biotech company.

Read more about the grant and test here.