Front page of today’s Philadelphia Inquirer features a story about issues facing the most vulnerable students now that school is out, and parents are out of work, and medical needs becoming more difficult to come across due to coronavirus.
It’s painful to read how kids with asthma, anxiety, and brain damage from lead poisoning are struggling to survive without the support of their school’s special education services and their normal households.
The most pointed paragraph was this one…
Experts worry that those in the city’s poorest neighborhoods are more vulnerable, pointing to the fact that far fewer coronavirus tests are being done in lower-income zip codes, according to city testing data. That means people with the virus there are more likely to spread it.
Whenever testing data people say ‘far fewer,’ they always mean there is a huge gap.
I’ve been trying to make the same point about Chester. Unfortunately, we don’t have any testing data to go by, but Chester could easily be considered the county’s lowest-income zip code and I suspect we are seeing ‘far fewer’ coronavirus tests than our friends in Radnor, Haverford, Chadds Ford, or Glen Mills.
I’m seeing the efforts the school are making to hand out hand-outs and laptops, but I’m not seeing how the special needs children are coping now that schools are closed in Chester.
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