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Oregon State University has launched a groundbreaking project in Corvallis and other communities to determine the prevalence of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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KVTZ News -

OSU to use power of big data to help fight against COVID-19

OSU will help the National Institute of Health to harness the power of big data in the fight against COVID-19. The project will help create a centralized, secure digital enclave for collecting medical record data from COVID-19 patients throughout the United States.

Tillamook Headlight Herald -

Oregon State University expands coronavirus prevalence study to Newport

TRACE-COVID-19, the groundbreaking Oregon State University (OSU) project to determine community prevalence of the novel coronavirus, is expanding to include two days of sampling in Newport on June 20-21. The addition of Newport to the study follows the positive tests of more than 120 workers at Pacific Seafood, which operates five processing facilities in the city.

The Corvallis Advocate -

OSU Expands COVID-19 Prevalence Study to Newport

The TRACE-COVID-19 project will collaborate with the Hatfield Marine Science Center to test members of the Newport community on June 20-21. The addition of Newport to the study follows positive tests of more than 120 workers at Pacific Seafood.

Bend Source -

Zero COVID-Positive Cases Found In OSU Study

Last month, a group of field teams working with OSU's TRACE-COVID-19 project fanned out across Bend to test households for COVID-19. They tested 615 people in Bend, and no one tested positive. This adds up to an estimated 100 cases within Bend’s population of 100,421.

KTVZ News -

OSU’s COVID-19 tracing project expands to Newport, site of recent outbreak

TRACE-COVID-19, the groundbreaking OSU project to determine community prevalence of the novel coronavirus, is expanding to include two days of sampling in Newport on June 20-21. University researchers will collaborate with Lincoln County Health & Human Services.

Synergies -

Right time, right place, right researcher

Jeff Bethel has found his moment. For him, and others in public health, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the work they do every day, work that happens behind the scenes and isn’t visible until disease or disaster strikes.

The Bulletin -

Bend has a low prevalence of COVID, researchers conclude

Bend has a low prevalence of COVID-19, according to OSU researchers who randomly tested about 600 residents in late May. Based upon the sampling,1 person for every 1,000 has the virus.

Bend Bulletin -

Results showing prevalence of COVID-19 in Bend coming next week

In a week, researchers will know the prevalence of COVID-19 in Bend, after teams scoured 30 neighborhoods seeking a random sample of people to test for the virus.

Central Oregon Daily News -

OSU expands coronavirus prevalence study to Bend

TRACE-COVID-19, the groundbreaking Oregon State University project to determine community prevalence of the novel coronavirus, is expanding to include two days of sampling in Bend.

Synergies -

Traditional health workers join OSU public health project

When Caitlin Maudlin and Analuz Torres-Giron heard about Oregon State University’s new research project measuring the prevalence of COVID-19 in Corvallis, they were ready to jump in with both feet.

Oregon Live -

Oregon State researchers found no coronavirus infections among 649 Corvallis residents tested

OSU researchers did not identify anyone infected with coronavirus among the 649 Corvallis residents tested the weekend of May 9. Epidemiologist Ben Dalziel is quoted on the promising results of the study.

OPB -

OSU researchers search Bend’s wastewater for COVID-19

Researchers at OSU plan to look into Bend's sewer system for genetic evidence of COVID-19. Bend public works staff will collect sewage samples the weekend of May 30-31, the same weekend as TRACE-COVID-19 field workers gather door-to-door nasal swab samples in Bend.

The Corvallis Advocate -

Sewer Surveillance: OSU COVID-19 Detection Research Will Go to Congressional Committee

Researchers at Oregon State University will look in Bend’s sewer system for genetic evidence of the virus that causes COVID-19 in an effort to help determine the virus’ prevalence in the city.

KATU2 -

OSU coronavirus prevalence study expanding to Bend

An Oregon State University study to determine the prevalence of coronavirus is expanding to include Bend on May 30 and 31.

The Bulletin -

Scientists to test random sampling of residents for COVID-19 following worst week of positive test results

Teams of researchers will be combing 30 Bend neighborhoods next weekend asking residents to be tested and nasal swabbed for COVID-19.

KTVZ -

OSU expands COVID-19 prevalence study to Bend; also will analyze wastewater

TRACE-COVID-19, the groundbreaking Oregon State University project to determine community prevalence of the novel coronavirus, is expanding to include two days of sampling in Bend.

KGW8 -

OSU to test wastewater systems for COVID-19

Oregon State University is about to start a sewer study of Washington County. The project, funded with a grant from the National Science Foundation, will run for a year. The new OSU study will follow the sewer system to at least 15 locations, near schools, retirement communities, maybe even hospitals, to get a closer look at COVID-19 trends.

Register Guard -

No positives from Corvallis coronavirus testing project’s second weekend, last of testing postponed

The TRACE-COVID-19 project began weeks before the state entered its first stage of reopening on Friday, and in light of new developments, the final weekend of the door-to-door testing been postponed. Project leaders Ben Dalziel and colleague Jeff Bethel explain that it could be better to hold off until the state’s reopening is well underway.

The Oregonian -

Latest from OSU coronavirus study: 672 people tested, 0 infections found

New results from a sample of the Corvallis population performed by TRACE-COVID-19 team have shown zero positive test results from data collected on the weekend of May 2. University officials have used the data to estimate that 1 in 1000 city residents had an infection that weekend.

The Denver Channel -

Oregon State project will help determine prevalence of coronavirus in communities

OSU's TRACE-COVID-19 project is among the first measure the number of people actually infected with the virus in a community. Epidemiologist Jeff Bethel predicts the project may help public health leaders make more accurate decisions about what steps to take next.