Monday, September 21, 2020

OSU faculty, staff and students,

I am writing to share COVID-19 testing results from the third day of students moving into our residential halls on our Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses.

Testing continues to go very smoothly. In my daily visits to the Corvallis testing site, parents and students continue to praise the professional and supportive assistance they are receiving from staff working in University Housing and Dining Services, Student Health Services, Transportation Services and all university volunteers. The move-in process at our OSU-Cascades campus residence hall has also gone very smoothly.

Parents and students are thankful for OSU being proactive and contributing to a safer university community and advancing personal health. They recognize OSU is providing personal health information through testing that these students otherwise would not have had access to unless they developed COVID-19 symptoms. OSU’s positive test case results from move-in are being provided to local county health authorities and the Oregon Health Authority, thereby allowing important contact tracing to occur in a student’s home community.

Here is an overview of the past three days of move-in testing:

CORVALLIS

 

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

TOTAL

Total students tested 

730

479

488

1,697

Positive cases

24

0

2

26

Positive cases isolated on campus           

13

0

2

15

Positive cases returning home                  

11

0

0

11

Over three days, the 26 cases represent 1.53% of incoming students having tested positive. On Monday and Tuesday, we anticipate another 450 or so OSU Corvallis students participating in move-in.

OSU-Cascades

 

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

TOTAL

Total students tested 

14

81

32

127

Positive cases

0

0

0

0

Positive cases isolated on campus           

0

0

0

0

Positive cases returning home                  

0

0

0

0

On Monday through Thursday, we anticipate another 20 or so OSU-Cascades students participating in move-in.

During fall term, we will provide similar weekly updates sharing results from TRACE OSU prevalence testing and wastewater monitoring that begin the week of Sept. 28 on our campuses in Corvallis and Bend and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. We also will share weekly updates from TRACE Community wastewater monitoring that will take place in the Corvallis, Bend and Newport communities through fall. Results will be communicated on a dashboard located on a combined TRACE OSU and Trace Community website that will launch early this week.

Sincerely,

F. King Alexander

President