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TRACE OSU testing is adjusting to serve the anticipated large number of university students who may travel for the Thanksgiving Holidays, and to inform students and university employees of their COVID-19 health as winter arrives and community members spend more time indoors.

Remember, that small household gatherings are contributing to a rise in the number of reported COVID-19 cases. Contribute to your personal health and a healthier community by participating in TRACE OSU testing, following OSU’s physical distancing policy and observing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for family and small social gatherings.

TRACE OSU fall term testing schedule

Nov. 16-19: Special pre-Thanksgiving testing for students
All OSU students living in the Corvallis, Bend and Newport areas are invited to be tested. Students do not need to be enrolled in TRACE OSU to be tested this week. Those tested typically receive their results within 72 hours, and will receive their results by Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, at the latest. No routine surveillance testing and no faculty or staff testing will be offered Nov. 16-19.

Week of Nov. 23
No surveillance testing for TRACE OSU

Week of Nov. 30: Post-Thanksgiving testing for faculty, staff
All university faculty and staff enrolled in TRACE OSU in the Corvallis, Bend and Newport areas will be invited to be tested and will usually receive their test results within 72 hours. Only those enrolled in TRACE will be invited. If you are not already enrolled, please do so here. No routine surveillance testing and no student testing will be offered Nov. 30 to Dec 4.

Week of Dec. 7: Regular TRACE OSU prevalence testing
A random selection of OSU students, faculty and staff enrolled in TRACE OSU will be invited to be tested.

Dec. 14–31
No TRACE OSU prevalence testing conducted.

Working together to lower the risk and slow the spread of COVID-19

Scientists at Oregon State University are testing people and wastewater in Oregon communities and within OSU for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Team-based Rapid Assessment of Community-level coronavirus Epidemics (TRACE) provides timely information that enables public health officials, individuals and the university to curb its spread.

TRACE Community Prevalence Results


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in Corvallis on September 26 and 27


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in Bend on May 30 and 31


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in Newport on July 11 and 12


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in Hermiston on July 11 and 12


Faculty, staff and students play a key role in making our community healthier. Through voluntary testing, TRACE OSU monitors the prevalence of COVID-19 at campuses in Corvallis and Bend and at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Learn more about TRACE OSU

TRACE Community

Through randomized neighborhood testing and wastewater sampling, TRACE Community provides trustworthy information on the prevalence of the COVID-19 virus in Oregon communities.

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TRACE-COVID-19 is out there making a difference

TRACE in action

Hear why Oregon State University students and traditional health workers are excited to volunteer for the TRACE-COVID-19 Project and support the health of their communities.

Our nationwide impact

Hermiston Herald -

OSU study estimates 17% of Hermiston residents were positive for COVID-19 on July 25-26

Oregon State University researchers believe 17% of Hermiston residents were positive for COVID-19 during the university's door-to-door testing period on July 25-26.


Close to 17% of Hermiston residents could have COVID-19

Umatilla County is in the middle of one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in Oregon. Since the beginning of July, the county has registered more than 17 cases per 1,000 people. But data released Friday by Oregon State University suggest the rate of coronavirus infection could actually be significantly higher in places.