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With Fall Term Underway, OSU To Launch Ongoing COVID-19 Testing Of Students, Faculty, Staff

Chris Lehman

With the fall term now underway at Oregon State University, the school is moving ahead with a plan for weekly random testing of students, faculty and staff.

The university says it will test up to 1,000 people each week from a pool of volunteers. Steve Clark, OSU’s Vice President for University Relations and Marketing, says while it’s optional, interest level was high when they started allowing people to opt in to the testing pool last week. “After a handful of hours, we had 2,500 people already signed up,” he said. 

Many OSU students were already tested when they moved into campus dorms this month. The school says 28 out of 2,089 tests came back positive. That’s a rate of about 1.3 percent. There were no positive tests for students moving into the dorms at the Cascades campus in Bend.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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