The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has partnered with The Ohio State University to conduct a COVID-19 study in which officials will go door-to-door for testing purposes.
Approximately 1,200 adults in Ohio are to be tested through the program for current and past infection with the novel coronavirus. The goal of the study is to understand how many people in Ohio currently have COVID-19, and how many people were infected with COVID-19 in the past.
According to information from Ohio State University, 1,200 households have been chosen at random from all households in the state. Selected households will receive a mailer from the Ohio Department of Health notifying them of their selection and estimating when a trained team of ODH workers will visit the home.
“If you are one of the people who has been invited to participate, we are so grateful for your interest. Please help us to protect the health of your fellow Ohioans by joining us!” OSU’s information page on the study states.
Participation is voluntary, and ODH and Ohio State University are hoping that one adult in each selected household will agree to participate.
Those who agree will complete a brief, confidential survey about their health and other topics, have their blood drawn, and have a nasal swab sample collected from their nose.
The blood will be tested for antibodies, which show whether the person had COVID-19 in the past. The swab will be tested to see if the person has COVID-19 currently. If the selected adult tests positive for active COVID-19 by the nasal swab test, the local health department will notify that person as soon as possible, typically within 4 days.
If the person tests negative for active COVID-19, the result will be shared within two weeks. There are no financial costs of any kind to anyone who participates.
The results will give policymakers real-time data relevant to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on Ohio families. By surveying a random sample of households across the state, and combining the results with other data, health officials can estimate how many Ohioans have already been infected with the novel coronavirus.