UPDATE: Free lead testing for South Bend children moved to Medical Foundation

Photo from South Bend Community School Corporation

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - A power outage has moved planned free lead testing for South Bend children Thursday to the South Bend Medical Foundation at 530 N. Lafayette Boulevard.

Testing was initially planned to be held at Madison STEAM Academy, but it is one of the buildings affected by a power outage that hit South Bend Thursday afternoon.

Screening is available in the lobby at the Medical Foundation until 6:30 p.m.

Free tests will be given to children between 1 and 6 years old.

The testing is scheduled because children who live near the school have had some of the highest blood lead levels in St. Joseph County in the last 15 years.

"Only a fraction of those will actually be kids in school – mostly kids in kindergarten and first grade – but we also want to have the opportunity to test any of their younger siblings or people from the neighborhood that fall in that age range," said Dr. Mark Fox of the St. Joseph County Health Department.

Screenings require just a drop of blood from the child's finger.

The St. Joseph County Health Department will follow up with families to let them know about test results.