The Orioles, in partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF), announced Nov. 30 a plan to facilitate COVID-19 testing for Elev8 Baltimore educators and staff. Tests will be regularly administered through January 2021 as part of the club’s ongoing efforts to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning this week, COVID-19 testing will be available to educators and staff from Elev8 Baltimore at the Elev8 Baltimore network office. Elev8 Baltimore has also extended the testing availability to their partner organizations, including the Black Yield Institute, Cherry Hill Development Corporation, Fund for Educational Excellence, the Greater Washington D.C. Chapter of the Internet Society, the Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST), RICH-Restoring Inner City Hope, Inc., and Rowdy Orbit. Testing will also be available to essential staff from Elev8 Baltimore’s 10 Baltimore City community school partners. By partnering with these schools, Elev8 Baltimore is able to increase their impact on families and the community through improved collaboration and coordination of existing community assets. For additional information on Elev8 Baltimore’s school partners, please visit Elev8Baltimore.org/Schools.
“We are pleased to collaborate with MLB and BCF to provide much-needed COVID-19 testing to the educators and staff of Elev8 Baltimore and their partner organizations, who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure that students and families in our community receive the learning, health, and family-engagement services they need,” said JENNIFER GRONDAHL, Orioles Senior Vice President, Community Development and Communications.
Educators and staff will be administered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 test through the Spectrum Solutions SDNA-100 saliva collection kit. The tests are being provided to Elev8 Baltimore free of cost through MLB’s COVID-19 community testing program. The Orioles worked with BCF to identify Elev8 Baltimore as a community partner for the testing program.