San Diego-based biotechnology company Illumina announced it is donating  $1 million to the region’s front-line workers and local K-12 students affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Illumina said the donation will be composed of $300,000 for front-line workers’ “critical needs” such as personal protective equipment, said a CBS8 report.

While the remaining $700,000 is for supporting distance learning, technology, and STEAM education for San Diego-area students.

“This donation we’re announcing today is going to change lives right here in San Diego,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a news conference.

Illumina CEO Sam Samad said: “From individuals to communities, from companies to countries, we’re finding ways to support each other during this challenging time in order to address this pandemic together. In fact, the amount of innovation and service to others is one of the brightest silver linings of this time.”

The mayor said the funds would help students in their ongoing transition to distance learning while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly those who lack regular access to computers and/or the internet, according to the report.

Meanwhile, San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten said the school district has provided more than 800,000 meals and distributed more than 50,000 Chromebooks in response to the pandemic.


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