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Study administered by OHSU aims to provide local and state officials with vital COVID-19 data

A new statewide research study led by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) will measure COVID-19 prevalence throughout the state.

More than 3,500 Yamhill County households were invited to contribute to the study, with about 175 residents registered to participate.

Individuals who agree to partake in the study are asked to report their temperature and other symptoms for up to one year.

OHSU will share the study's findings with state and local officials, who can use the data to make decisions to meet the state's economic and social needs, including reopening or closing local businesses and schools.

The study was announced in May and has so far attracted 9,000 volunteers. Health officials hope to enroll 100,000 individuals, with up to 10,000 being selected for asymptomatic testing.

"We are deeply grateful to those willing to volunteer their time to this important work," lead researcher Jackie Shannon said. "Each person, who spends less than 10 minutes a day on this study, will help us better understand how the virus is affecting Oregonians."

Those interested in following the study's progress can learn more at ohsu.edu/key-to-oregon.


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