OSU Expands Coronavirus Sampling Study to Bend

Bend and Central Oregon business and community leaders,

On behalf of OSU President Ed Ray and Becky Johnson, vice president of OSU-Cascades, I provide you with the important COVID-19 announcement below.

President Ray and Becky Johnson’s communication announced today that on May 30 and 31, OSU researchers – in partnership with the Deschutes County Health Services– will undertake random door-to-door TRACE-COVID-19 sampling to identify the community-wide prevalence in Bend of the virus that causes COVID-19. Here is a link to a news release on this public health study.

This community-based testing is an expansion of sampling that was launched in Corvallis in late April. The TRACE study is among the first in the nation and importantly is helping inform efforts to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 and will serve as an important baseline of information as we reopen our communities and economy from the impacts of this pandemic.

I know that Oregon State communications staff – Steve Clark ( and Blair Garland ( – are available if you have questions.


Katy Brooks // Bend Chamber CEO

Message from OSU

FROM: Becky Johnson //  Vice President  //  OSU-Cascades

I am writing to announce that Oregon State University scientists will expand the university’s TRACE-COVID-19 public health study being conducted in Corvallis to explore the community prevalence in Bend of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Sampling in 30 randomly selected Bend neighborhoods will occur on May 30 and 31.

Read full announcement here >>>





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