All OSU students living in the Corvallis, Bend and Newport areas are invited to be tested beginning Monday, November 16, through Thursday, Nov. 19th, and do not need to be enrolled in TRACE OSU to participate. Testing results are expected to be available to students within 3 days and by Tuesday, November 24th, at the latest.
“The expanded testing occurs at an important time as people travel and gather for the holidays, and as cases of COVID-19 are spiking in Oregon and across the nation,” said Steve Clark, vice president for university relations and marketing at OSU.
“Small household gatherings are contributing to a rise in the number of reported COVID-19 cases,” said Clark. “We ask that OSU students, faculty and staff contribute to their own health and a healthier community by participating in TRACE OSU testing
TRACE OSU launched September 28th and includes weekly random prevalence testing of approximately 1,000 OSU community members. The testing helps to determine the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, in the OSU community. Data collected informs planning and response by university leaders and county health officials.
Being tested is voluntary but encouraged by the university.