Lead in Saint Joseph County

Kindergarteners in St. Joseph County public schools must all be lead-tested now:  February 4, 2020

Editorial in South Bend Tribune: Viewpoint: South Bend must do more to stop lead poisoning published May 18, 2018

The original report that propelled ND LIT into action was the Reuters Report in late 2016. This report was the spark that ignited the SJC community into action to fight lead. It reports frightening numbers about the testing rate in the South Bend community and drew attention to the issue that existed in our everyday life.

ND LIT assembled a report for the Saint Joseph County Health Department focusing on analyzing information surrounding the lead testing rates in the county. The report can be accessed here.

Overall the lead testing rate in SJC is low, but it is increasing as of recent news published by the South Bend Tribune! On March 24th, 2018, the Tribune reported an increase of 40% in the number of lead tests in South Bend from 2016-2017. For more information on this article, it can be found here