4/13 – Update on CDC/FDA-recommended pause on J&J/Janssen vaccine

April 13, 2021—Following the CDC/FDA announcement of April 13, the USC Student Health vaccinations scheduled at the Lyon Center for April 15 and 16 will now be switched from J&J/Janssen to Pfizer first doses.  Patients are advised to prioritize their schedules to receive a second dose given 21 days after the first dose; this may…

3/30 – COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Milestones

As Los Angeles County has moved into the Orange Tier—indicating “moderate” transmission of COVID- 19—and vaccination rates in Los Angeles continue to trend in the direction that take us further into broad re-openings, we are thankful to our community for making safe precautions a priority as we move forward. VACCINE ELIGIBILITY Regarding COVID-19 vaccines, LA…

3/24 – Campus Health Alert on COVID-19

March 24, 2021 We are advising the community about a cluster of several dozen positive cases of COVID-19 in the USC community that can be traced back to recent international travel into California, including multiple cases confirmed to be variants. If you have recently traveled to popular spring break destinations, we strongly recommended that you:…

3/18 – Commencement update for 2020 and 2021 graduates

Dear Trojan students and families, Commencement is one of the most cherished ceremonies in a student’s academic life. It’s the single time when we come together as a community to celebrate years of hard work by our graduates. Unfortunately, COVID-19 kept USC and most other universities from offering in-person ceremonies last year. Today, I am…

2/5/21 – COVID-19 Early Spring Update

February 5, 2021 USC Students, Faculty and University Staff: Recently, new case rates for COVID-19 and hospitalizations have continued to trend downward, after hitting a post-holidays peak. As we write this, the availability of ICU (intensive care unit) beds has increased to 13% capacity. The number of positive cases among students and employees also is decreasing, after peaking during the…

1/21: Update on Campus Vaccinations for Individuals Aged 65 and Older

Charles Zukoski, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, announces that campus vaccination operations under USC Student Health will be opening COVID-19 vaccination appointments to faculty, emeriti, students, and staff ages 65 and older.

1/8: IMPORTANT Spring Testing Program (Pop Testing 3.0) and Campus Access Updates

Sarah Van Orman, USC’s Chief Health Officer for USC Student Health, provides updates for students, faculty and non-medical employees regarding COVID-19 testing and campus access.

1/5: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability for the Campus Communities

Sarah Van Orman, USC’s Chief Health Officer for USC Student Health, shares updates regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

12/31: Extended Safer at Home Order and Travel Quarantine, Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County extended the existing “Safer at Home” order and issued a new quarantine requirement for anyone traveling outside of LA County.

12/18: First COVID-19 Vaccines Administered to Frontline USC Hospital Personnel

Keck Medical Center of USC and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital have received their first shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.