Dec 6, 2021—A recent Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announcement identified the Omicron variant in a college student returning from recent domestic air travel.
USC can confirm the individual is a USC student who is currently isolating and doing well. The case was detected as part of USC’s routine surveillance testing program; all campus close contacts have been identified, were notified, and are in quarantine.
The individual did not attend classes or organized activities on campus during their infectious period.
Omicron has been identified in multiple states of the U.S. in the past few days, and additional cases may be expected over the next weeks.
For additional information on the Omicron variant, please see the California Dept of Public Health fact sheet.