Press Release
Posted March 12, 2020

Lorain County Community College professor and virus expert Harry Kestler, Ph.D., said proactive measures are necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

Kestler is a microbiology professor at LCCC and has 35 years of experience as a molecular virologist, the study of viruses at the molecular level.

LCCC and many other colleges in the state have made the proactive decision to move classes to online formats in response to COVID-19 cases in Ohio. By slowing the spread, Kestler said the United States can avoid a large spike in cases, which would overwhelm the country’s health system. By practicing proactive measures, like social distancing, Kestler said the US can keep COVID-19 cases as a manageable level.

“We are trying to make protocols that will keep our students safe,” Kestler said in a video posted by LCCC. “I have a lot of faith in the people and students at Lorain County Community College. I think we will rise to the occasion.”

Prior to his position at LCCC, Kestler was a tenure-track faculty member at the Lerner Medical College of the Cleveland Clinic. Prior to that, he held a faculty position in the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Kestler, who is affectionately known to his students at The Microprof, encouraged students and the public to wash their hands and avoid touching their face.

Learn more about LCCC’s response to COVID-19 at

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