HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – A $ 4.1 million investment in air purification equipment to help fight COVID-19 is now paying off in the Hays Consolidated Independent School District.
At the end of September, Hays CISD was granted permission to use the money to obtain more than 1,700 units of Novaerus air purifiers, which help neutralize viruses like COVID-19 and the flu. They can also help reduce other airborne contaminants, such as pollen, that cause allergies.
The district said it got all the materials it needed to start installing the air purifiers last Friday. The equipment goes in every classroom and in “other strategic places on campus”.
Tobias and Fuentes Elementary Schools, as well as Dahlstrom Middle School, got the first set of purifiers, the district said. They are among the campuses most affected by the wave of delta variants. Tobias Elementary even had to close for a few days last September as the number of positive cases exceeded the district threshold by more than 10% of the size of the campus.
Installation at these three campuses is expected to be completed by the end of Wednesday. The district calls it “a priority project” and the installation should be completed on all campuses within a few weeks.
Purifiers use an electrostatic coil that filters the air from the top and bottom, killing germs and releasing clean air. Much of the money for the project comes from federal emergency COVID-19 grant funds.