Counting on Our Community: Help Scientists in our Area Understand COVID-19

Written by David Siders, Civic Engagement Coordinator, Downtown Main Library 

Medical experts at the University of Cincinnati and COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPNhave asked our Library for assistance as they work to learn more about the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

The Community Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 COMPASS) study will help scientists learn more about how SARS-CoV-2 has spread in our communityThe study includes people of all ages, from infants to seniors. 

How to Participate 

The University of Cincinnati is using a Hoxworth Blood Center mobile unit that will park in Library parking lots to allow convenient, COVID-safe space for community members to participate in the survey. 

Participants in this study will:
• Get a free COVID-19 test using a minimally invasive nasal swab (they will receive their COVID results)
• Complete a 15-minute survey
• Give a small amount of blood so the lab can look for antibodies
• Receive a $25 US Bank gift card that is activated immediately after calling a phone number. It is for general use, as compensation for their time. 

Visit the COMPASS study website or call 513-558-4774 for more information.

Survey locations will include the College Hill Branch Library, Covedale Branch Library, Downtown Main Library, and Northside Branch Library.  

We think that this type of research collaboration demonstrates that both the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Libraries are dedicated to connecting with community members in a combined effort to find a solution for the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Margaret Powers-Fletcher from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. 

Get fact-based COVID-19 vaccine distribution information on our vaccine page

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