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Oregon State starts program to test Corvallis residents for COVID-19

Volunteers will test four thousand people over the next four weekends.

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Volunteers went into a Corvallis neighborhood Sunday, going door to door asking people if they'd willing to take a test for COVID-19.

“This project is going to provide useful information. We don't know the prevalence of people who are not showing symptoms and that's really our goal.” said Ben Dalziel, a professor in Oregon State University's College of Science. 

Residents who agree to testing will get a kit with a nasal swab. They'll do their own swab and volunteers will collect the test kit and send it to Willamette Valley Toxicology.

Results should be back in seven to 10 days.  Residents will get their results by confidential email and regular mail.  If they test positive the county heath department will advise them about the steps to take.  

This project called TRACE-COVID-19 is a partnership between the university, the Benton County Health Department and the lab running the tests.

“We see very positive support. When people stop and give you their address and say please test me that's a strong indication the community is rallying to this and saying yes”  said Steve Clark Oregon State’s Vice President of University Relations and Marketing.

Testing will go on for the next four weekends.  

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