COVID-19 Sniffing dogs

Newly trained dogs locate COVID-19 at Fairhaven Public Schools

In partnership with the Bristol County Sheriff's Department, Fairhaven Public Schools was the second school district in the country to utilize covid-sniffing dogs as an additional mitigation measure.

The dogs, who are trained to distinguish the unique odor of Covid-19, have already roamed the halls and other shared spaces such as the cafeteria, bathrooms, and gymnasium in almost all Fairhaven Public Schools buildings. 

The program was developed at Florida International University by a team of professors, doctors, and scientists - and is the first of its kind in the country. 

First introduced in the Freetown-Lakeville School District, Fairhaven and Norton Schools have become the second and third school districts in the country to use these Covid canines.

Along with schools - Town buildings, non-profits, nursing homes, Councils on Aging, public safety facilities, medical facilities and other sites in Bristol County may request dogs to detect the virus.

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