STATEWIDE — Jackson Laboratory officials updated bar harbor town councilors on some of their milestones from the past year.
Last year due to the pandemic, Jackson Laboratory leadership couldn’t meet with bar harbor town councilors to give them their yearly report.
But this year was a step closer to normalcy, as the lab’s vice president and community relations director sat down with town officials to let them know what the laboratory has been up to since the pandemic began.
Jackson Laboratory Vice President Caty Longley said since the start of the pandemic, the lab has administered over 28,000 COVID-19 tests which include tests of their own employees and members of the Bar Harbor community through the Downeast Covid Task Force.
She said Jackson Laboratory has even provided testing for Maine Maritime Academy and the University of Maine.
“We felt really proud of the fact that we could be part of a war effort so to speak in helping out through the pandemic and work with you in the community,” said Caty Longley.
She added they also broke ground on a new residential complex off of route three that will provide 24 units of rental housing for those who couldn’t normally afford it on the island.
Overall, Jackson Laboratory Community Relations Director Michael McKernan said the lab has had over a half a billion-dollar financial impact on the state of Maine during 2020.
“The bottom line is the substantial economic impact the Jackson lab has across the state at $630 million and creating almost 5000 jobs across many sectors through that economic activity,” McKernan said.
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