The CDC and World Health Organization say no level of lead is safe. District representatives have stated before that all water sources with high levels of lead were shut off and removed, and they’re working with the University of Memphis engineering Department on a remediation plan. Commissioner Edmund Ford, who worked to find the funding for the lead testing, stressed it shouldn’t have taken this long to get answers.
Wednesday afternoon, we asked the health department and the county attorney’s office why the final results they provided did not mention the re-testing of the 9 students. It said the re-testing results were lumped into countywide data. We asked for the final results six different times starting in February 2020 and finally received them on Friday. We asked the health department for an interview on Friday, but they told us they would not comment until after Wednesday’s meeting.
Meanwhile, SCS, who also didn’t comment until today, called the report “encouraging news.” The health department did not mention the re-testing in the final results we received through an open records request.
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Shelby County Health Department said 39 tests were inconclusive or had blood clotting, and they’ve sent letters to parents and asked if they wanted to be re-tested. “Though I’m not a fan of the media, there was one lady, Ms. Jessica Gertler, kept inquiring on that. I’m assuming you got a lot of questions from her. It’s unfortunate it took two years to get here,” Ford said.
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