Coming To Eugene: OSU's COVID-19 Trace Community Program

Oct 29, 2020

Back in April, Oregon State University launched a program to test randomly selected Corvallis households for COVID-19. Now, that tracing effort is coming to Eugene.

OSU students span out in June to conduct free, painless nasal swab tests as part of the Trace Community Program. The same thing will happen in partnership with the U or O on November 7 and 8 in Eugene.
Credit Oregon State University

The TRACE Community (Team-based Rapid Assessment of Community-level coronavirus Epidemics) program is expected to provide deeper knowledge of the prevalence of COVID-19 in Lane County’s largest city.   

OSU will collaborate with the University of Oregon, training teams of students to test people on their doorsteps or porches, in 30 neighborhoods within Eugene city limits.

OSU’s Steve Clark assured the process is safe. “All team members that go door to door and participate in TRACE Community have been trained and they have been tested for COVID-19. They do not bear the virus.”

Clark said the goal is to nasal swab test up to 600 people on November 7th and 8th. At the same time, researchers from both universities will collect samples of wastewater in Eugene and Springfield to analyze for viral markers of the disease.

Community members who participate in TRACE Community-Eugene will be tested free of charge and receive results within 5 to 10 days. The program was funded by Pacific Source Health Plans.