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Thank you for participating in SARS-CoV-2 monitoring in the OSU community through the TRACE-OSU project (SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19). We are conducting this public health surveillance project to monitor the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infections among OSU faculty, staff and students. The primary goal of this project is to provide public health authority and the university leadership information in real-time and on an ongoing basis about the COVID-19 epidemic situation in the OSU community to better inform public health control measures.

What was my test result?

We obtained an inclusive result for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the sample you provided.

What does this result mean?

An inconclusive result provides no information about the presence or absence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in your sample. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we cannot confidently report a positive or negative result within our quality-control testing guidelines. An inconclusive result should not be interpreted as increasing or decreasing your risk of COVID-19 in any way.

What should I do now?

We still recommend you follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on how to protect yourself and those around you during this COVID-19 public health emergency.

What should I do if I get sick later?

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, contact your medical provider or call 211 for questions while maintaining yourself in isolation while you are not feeling well. Fever and cough are expected symptoms of this illness and may last for several days. Resting, staying hydrated, and sleeping are typically helpful. Remember that 80% of people infected with COVID-19 recover well in their current residence.

I do not have health insurance. What should I do if I need to see a medical provider?

We recommend contacting a local Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). FQHCs are in most cities and in many rural areas. They are dedicated to providing high quality, affordable care to everyone and will help you, even if you have no health insurance. Find the nearest FQHC at


We encourage questions about TRACE OSU and project testing. If you have questions, please contact the TRACE OSU project team at 541-713-0450 or toll free at 844-541-4219 or email us at


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