TRACE-COVID-19 is an OSU public health project designed to gather timely information about the presence of the novel coronavirus in communities and at Oregon State University. TRACE uses a scientific gold standard — random sampling — to understand the prevalence of the virus in the population.
The number of people infected is a key driver of an epidemic. Prevalence provides a leading indicator of the risk posed by the virus to the health of people in the whole population. Our goal is to inform public health policies and practices – in the community and within OSU – that slow the spread of the virus and minimize the impact of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.