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Across the state, OHSU hopes to sign up as many as 100,000 for the upcoming study

OREGON HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY  - Invitations to participate in the Key to Oregon research study were sent out in May.Across Columbia County, approximately 70 individuals have signed up to participate in a statewide study on COVID-19.

Oregon Health & Science University is leading the Key to Oregon study to track COVID-19 symptoms statewide over the next year.

In May, OHSU mailed invitations to 150,000 households across the state, including 1,500 in Columbia County. As of this week, almost 9,000 Oregonians had enrolled, but only about 70 Columbia County residents.

That puts the enrollment rate in Columbia County below the statewide rate.

The Key to Oregon study aims to enroll 100,000 randomly selected Oregonians. Participation involves spending a few minutes each day reporting temperature and other symptoms through a secure website, OHSU explained. One-tenth of the study's participants, or up to 10,000, will also receive COVID-19 tests when not displaying symptoms to help researchers understand and measure the spread of the virus.

The invitations were sent to randomly selected households in May. The invitations included instructions on how to enroll, but individuals who received an invitation but lost it can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enroll.

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