FARGO — The University of Oregon in a story on its communications website on Tuesday received an $800,000 private contribution to ramp up COVID-19 testing for its students when they return to campus.

The company, PacificSource Health Plans, is part of a program that has been in the developing stages this spring. How could this affect North Dakota State? The more testing, the better the chance the Bison and University of Oregon football game on Sept. 5 will go on as scheduled.

"This is an important initiative and a huge step forward for the university, Lane County and the region,” Oregon president Michael H. Schill said on the school's website. "This leverages our skills and resources in data science to accelerate our planned resumption for the fall."

The hope is to test thousands of students per week. The university's total enrollment last year was 22,760.

According to the university's website, the program is an effort thanks "in large part to the capabilities of the UO’s genomics core facility, which can process thousands of samples per week at relatively low cost, a necessity for the next generation of COVID-19 testing methods."