7/15 – Health Alert: Indoor Masking Required, Effective Immediately

July 15, 2021 TO:           USC Students, Faculty and University Staff FR:            Sarah Van Orman, MD MMM FACHA, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health,  Keck Medicine of USC; Division Chief for College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC RE:       Health Alert: Indoor Masking Required, Effective Immediately In alignment with the LA County Department of Public…

6/29 – Masking Policy Updates

June 29, 2021 We are writing to give you an update on our masking policy. On Wednesday, we will begin teaching some classes in person during our second summer session and are continuing to plan for a full return to in-person activities on our campuses this Fall, with our undergraduates returning in mid-August and most…

6/16 – Restart Update and Vaccine Policy Update

June 16, 2021 Dear Colleagues, As the state continues to relax pandemic restrictions, many of you have asked if there is a specific date when USC will return to normal operations. While we are ramping up in-person activities throughout the summer and preparing to welcome students back to campus in August, the simple answer is that there…

5/6 – Health Advisory on COVID-19 and Advancing into the Yellow Tier

May 6, 2021 TO:      USC Faculty and University Staff FR:       Sarah Van Orman, MD, MMM, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health                Division Chief of College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC             Deona Willes, MPH, CLS, Executive Director of USC Environmental Health and Safety RE:       Health Advisory on COVID-19 and Advancing into…

4/27- Vaccination and Testing Update

April 27, 2021 Dear Trojans, I’m proud that our community is leading the way in vaccination efforts in Los Angeles. As of this week, USC has directly administered more than 67,000 COVID-19 vaccination doses to our patients, faculty, staff, and students, and we have supported the delivery of over one million doses in our community…

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…

4/7- COVID-19 Early Spring Update

April 7, 2021 The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has recently updated its advisory regarding travel, in light of the County’s recent reclassification to the less restrictive Orange Tier in the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy: Travelers who are fully vaccinated, meaning 2 weeks have passed after their second dose for Pfizer or…

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:…

3/23 – An Important Update from Provost Zukoski

March 23, 2021 Dear Trojan Community,  With the recent decline in COVID-19 cases in the Los Angeles area, the county has officially entered the red tier of California’s reopening framework. This change enables us to accelerate our efforts to return to in-person activities.  Remainder of Spring  Under the red tier status, we are now able…