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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.

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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.