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Prevalence Testing Shows ‘Continued High Transmission Risk’ in Redmond

Oregon State University

COVID-19 continues to be prevalent in the city of Redmond, according to results released this week by Oregon State University’s TRACE program.


Coronavirus case counts are on a hopeful trajectory overall in Oregon. But a recent door-to-door testing program in Redmond shows the virus is still prevalent, at least in that central Oregon community. 

Oregon State field workers canvassed several neighborhoods on the last weekend of January offering free testing to residents. More than one-third of the households contacted agreed to take part. The results indicate that just over three percent of Redmond residents have COVID-19, according to TRACE researchers.

OSU says it’s one of the highest prevalence rates they’ve found since the TRACE program began last spring. “It indicates the true number infected is much higher than the number of active cases,” said TRACE-COVID-19 project leader Ben Dalziel, an assistant professor in the OSU College of Science.


Since last April, the TRACE program has tested for the prevalance of the coronavirus in Corvallis five times, in Newport twice, and in Hermiston, Eugene and Bend once. Redmond is the sixth community the program has visited.


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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