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Follow-up and results

Masked volunteers and community members gather in Newport

After a participant’s sample is collected, it may take 7 to 10 days for results to become available. Participants will be able to obtain their personal results and those of dependents under the age of 18.

Nonscientists or TRACE-COVID-19 team members do not have access to participants personal information or test results. All personal information are removed before test results are combined into groups (such as age groups) to be analyzed and shared publicly.

Consistent with state of Oregon requirements for all laboratories providing COVID-19 tests, the results along with personal identifying information are reported to the Benton County, Deschutes County, and Lincoln County health departments.

We advise individuals who test positive to follow all CDC and Benton County, Deschutes County, or Lincoln County health department guidelines, including contacting their health care provider. Participants who receive a negative result should continue to take appropriate precautions to avoid becoming infected in the future. All participants, regardless of their test results, should follow medical, state and national public health guidelines to control and prevent infection from the virus that causes COVID-19.

Obtaining your results

TRACE-COVID-19 is providing missing information about the percentage of community members carrying the COVID-19 virus. This information is obtained by testing a representative sample of community members, including healthy individuals, some of whom may have the virus but do not show symptoms. The study also measures the rate at which the infection is or is not spreading in the community.

The novel coronavirus can be spread silently by infected people who have no symptoms, making it difficult to trace and contain the virus’ spread. This is where TRACE-COVID-19 testing helps. By testing people who have not been tested, OSU scientists can better predict the number of people who are infected but remain undiagnosed. This provides essential information about the pervasiveness of the virus and the rate at which it is spreading in the community

TRACE-COVID-19 findings are helping Benton, Deschutes, Lincoln, and Umatilla counties and Oregon public health leaders understand how prevalent the virus is and how fast or slowly it is spreading in the community, identify infection zones, evaluate the effectiveness of current measures and guide timely further action to control the spread of the disease and minimize its impact.

TRACE-COVID-19 could serve as a model for other communities in Oregon and across the nation that might replicate the OSU study and take advantage of our experience — and the expertise and equipment of local universities — to detect the spread of coronavirus in their communities.

This project was developed in partnership with and has the approval of the Benton County Health Department, Deschutes County Health Services, Lincoln County Health and Human Services, Morrow County Health Department, and Umatilla County Health Department. It follows CDC, FDA and Oregon Health Authority guidelines.

Funding for this project

Funding for OSU’s TRACE-COVID-19 project is provided by OSU, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, PacificSource Health Plans, and the Oregon Health Authority.