CovidWatch is a longitudinal surveillance study of adults in the Seattle area who are at high risk of SARS-CoV-2 acquisition, led by Drs. Michael Boeckh and Alpana Waghmare of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington. The study aims to:
Both the public health situation and information about the coronavirus evolved rapidly during the first months of the pandemic. So getting COVIDWatch running required flexibility from the investigators to augment their study as needed to capture new data. The large number of participants and the need for extra safety measures also presented a slate of logistical challenges in bringing the study online.
The Specimen Processing & Research Cell Bank shared resource was available to help the COVIDWatch team overcome one of their challenges stemming from the rapid accrual onto the study. Each of the many participants in the study donated a large volume of blood to the research. The core's specimen processing team processed the majority of these large samples, at a rate as high as 10 per day during the busiest phases of enrollment.