CPHHS faculty are working with fellow Oregon State researchers to help determine the prevalence of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the Corvallis community.

College of Public Health and Human Sciences

The Team-based Rapid Assessment of Community-level coronavirus Epidemics (TRACE) study results will help save lives.

With a clearer understanding of how the virus spreads, public health leaders, health care providers and individuals can make informed decisions about policies and the use of time and resources to slow the spread of the virus and minimize its impacts.

Visit TRACE-COVID-19 to learn more.

May 15, 2020

Latest from OSU coronavirus study: 672 people tested, 0 infections found.

Officials estimate the infection rate in early May at 1 in 1,000 Corvallis residents. Read full story at Oregonian.

May 15, 2020

Alumna leads students on TRACE-COVID-19

CPHHS alumna Aslan Noakes, RN, MPH, is no stranger to making plans on the fly. This mother, nurse, multitasker, entrepreneur, organizer and master of triage is field manager for OSU’s TRACE-COVID-19 study. Or, as her team calls her, “chaos coordinator.” Read full story at Synergies.

May 14, 2020

TRACE week two results suggest one person per 1,000 in Corvallis was infected with SARS-CoV-2

Results from the second weekend of door-to-door sampling May 2-3 by Oregon State University suggest that about one person in 1,000 in the Corvallis community had the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 during that period. Read full story at OSU News and Research Communications.

May 12, 2020

Ask An Expert: How OSU's study is determining coronavirus prevalence

We’re learning more about a study being done in Corvallis, where researchers are going door to door and testing residents for coronavirus to find its prevalence in the community. Jeffery Bethel from Oregon State University joined us via video conference Tuesday to answer questions about the research. Watch video at KATU.

May 11, 2020

OSU trace project initial results are in

OSU researchers are continuing a unique project to track COVID-19 in Corvallis, Oregon. Watch video at KGW8.

May 7, 2020

Students get real-world experience answering community questions about TRACE

When OSU’s TRACE-COVID-19 study was preparing to launch, the research team and its community partners knew they needed to be able to respond to questions and concerns from study participants and the public. A call center was needed, but how could one be created in such a short time? Read full story at Synergies.

May 7, 2020

TRACE first week’s results suggest two people per 1,000 in Corvallis were infected with SARS-CoV-2

Results from the first weekend of door-to-door sampling suggest that about two people per 1,000 in the Corvallis community had the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 when they were tested. Read full story at OSU News and Research Communications.

April 30, 2020

Door-to-Door Study Expected To Identify More COVID-19 Cases In Benton County

The Benton County Health Department is anticipating a bump in positive COVID-19 cases after expanded testing in Corvallis. New results could be the outcome. Read full story at KLCC.

April 29, 2020

College TRACE workers find opportunity amid crisis

Students and staff are motivated by study's potential impact. Read full story at Synergies.

April 23, 2020

OSU Survey Plans To Track Spread Of COVID-19 In Corvallis And Beyond

Scientists with experience tracking disease want to help survey for COVID-19. A new project from Oregon State University could serve as a blueprint. Read full story at OPB.

April 22, 2020

Oregon Town Goes Door to Door Tracking COVID-19

A college town in Oregon is embarking on a groundbreaking effort to measure the hidden spread of COVID-19 within the community, thanks to the local university. Read full story at WebMD.

April 20, 2020

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

Volunteers will test four thousand people over the next four weekends. Watch video at KGW8.

April 16, 2020

Oregon State University project to determine COVID-19 prevalence in Corvallis

Oregon State University scientists will embark on a groundbreaking project in the coming days as they start testing in the greater Corvallis community to determine the prevalence of the virus that causes COVID-19. Read full story at OSU News and Research Communications.


Jeff Bethel is a TRACE-COVID-19 project co-leader along with Professor Ben Dalziel in the College of Science, and CPHHS Dean Javier Nieto. An infectious disease epidemiologist, Jeff previously worked as an epidemiologist at the CDC conducting infectious disease surveillance studies and pandemic influenza planning. He is Co-PI (principal investigator) with the TRACE-COVID-19 team.

Denise Hynes is a professor, registered nurse and public health expert who studies innovative approaches to improving health care quality, access and costs, with special interest in the health and health care of U.S. veterans. Experienced in data governance and data knowledge sharing, she oversees data management policies and procedures for the TRACE-COVID-19 team.

Allison Myers is director of OSU’s Center for Health Innovation and is manager of the TRACE-COVID-19 call center, training and leading a team of student volunteers who are staffing a phone bank to answer the public’s questions about the project.

Javier Nieto is a physician-epidemiologist with expertise in the design and conduct of epidemiological surveys. He has considerable relationships with public health officials at the local, national and international levels. He’s Co-PI (principal investigator) with the TRACE-COVID-19 team.

Aslan Noakes is a 2015 MPH graduate of the CPHHS, a registered nurse and a public health advocate who runs a for-profit social business, called Empower Haiti Together, to promote sustainable and empowering partnerships in Haiti. She is the TRACE-COVID-19 field manager, overseeing all of the field worker teams that are collecting surveys and samples from participants.