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San Angelo ISD installs ‘bio-defense system’ to combat COVID-19 at middle school

Alana Edgin | San Angelo Standard-Times
Originally published Sept. 13, 2021

SAN ANGELO — San Angelo ISD announced its latest measure to slow COVID-19.

SAN ANGELO — San Angelo ISD announced its latest measure to slow COVID-19, a “biodefense system” that works like an air purifier, according to a district news release.

 

Last week, Glenn Middle School received an Integrated Viral Protection Unit, touted as a “COVID killer,” according to the release. The unit is FDA-approved and works to “eliminate the airborne transmission of SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.”

 

The system uses a heated filter and a “metal mesh foam to ‘catch and kill’ viruses” and pollutants, according to ivpair.com. The company said it kills the virus in the first pass and is 99.99% effective. The device was recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering and awarded the Engineering News Records 2020 Newsmaker of the year.

 

Related:  What we know about COVID-19 cases in San Angelo area schools for 2021-2022 school year

 

“SAISD remains evidence-informed in our approach to monitoring and mitigating the spread of COVID-19,” the release stated. “The IVP unit is a proactive step and one more mitigation measure by the District to support the overall health and wellness of our students and the San Angelo community.”

 

The release states SAISD is the first district in West Texas to install a unit, and plans to install more.

 

The release did not say how much the district spent on the IVP unit, or how much the plan for additional units will cost. The Standard-Times sent an email to the district requesting more information but has received no response as of noon, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

 

Alana Edgin is a journalist covering Crime and Courts in West Texas. Send her a news tip at aedgin@gannett.com.

 

Source: https://www.gosanangelo.com/story/news/2021/09/13/san-angelo-isd-middle-school-installs-covid-19-mitigation-measure/8319142002/

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