Oregon State University will send its research teams back to Newport to conduct another round of coronavirus testing this weekend.
The TRACE project is a way to test for the prevalence of COVID-19 in a given area. Researchers go door-to-door in random neighborhoods and offer free coronavirus tests. Results from a first round of testing in Newport last month suggest about three-point-four percent of the city’s residents were infected.
Lincoln County is among the counties with the highest per capita rate of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, and nearly one-in-five county residents live in Newport. The city has seen several workplace outbreaks and was among the first parts of the state to require face coverings in all indoor public places.
The university has also conducted prevalence testing in Corvallis and Bend.