A research study lead by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) called Key to Oregon, aims to enroll 100,000 randomly selected households who fully represent the state in geography, socioeconomic status and communities of color to provide vital information about COVID-19 in order to help reopen the state and keep it open.

Recruitment notification postcards were mailed out May 11 to selected households alerting them about forthcoming enrollment information.

Those households will receive a follow up letter with specific directions to online enrollment. Participation in the study is voluntary and all members of selected households over the age of 18 are eligible to join.

The statewide research study is in partnership with the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority. It plans to track, test and map the COVID-19 symptoms of up to 100,000 Oregonians to better understand where the virus is and how it may spread.

Data from the study may help state and local leaders decide when to relax physical distancing measures to get people back to school and work faster.