Invest in the UO COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP)
Developing a clear picture of the coronavirus’s prevalence around the University of Oregon area through testing and contact tracing is crucial to protecting the health and safety of the Duck family and nearby communities—but doing so presents real financial and logistical challenges. By supporting UO’s COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP), you can help UO and Lane County leaders make more accurate, data-driven decisions—and, ultimately, save lives.
MAP is well on its way to harnessing UO’s genomic and human subject research capabilities to create a cost effective coronavirus testing and tracing pipeline:
Researchers have outfitted a state-of-the-art genomics lab.
Testing for students currently living on campus is already underway.
Models of COVID-19’s potential spread based on testing data will help local leaders create targeted policies to contain the virus’s spread.
With adequate funding, we can expand UO MAP’s testing efforts to cover all of Lane County and—with the help of Lane County Public Health and other Oregon colleges—our entire state, speeding Oregon’s re-opening and economic recovery. A project of this scope will not be possible without the collaboration of the entire Duck community. The lab equipment, supplies, and personnel necessary to test our entire campus community will cost close to $1 million dollars; expanding testing to the rest of Oregon may cost $2 million or more.
We humbly ask for your support of this crucial but costly endeavor to keep the Duck family healthy and safe. Help us equip campus and community leaders with the tools they need to make life-saving policy decisions that help contain the coronavirus threat before it has the chance to spread—and demonstrate the critical contributions a public research university like UO can make to the wider Oregon community—by making a gift today.