3/11 – Appointment of Senior Vice President for Health Affairs

March 11, 2021 Dear Trojan Community, It’s my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Steven Shapiro to the newly created position of Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, effective May 15. In this new role, he will directly oversee Keck Medicine of USC and Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) with oversight of associated biomedical research programs.…

3/9 – COVID-19 Vaccine and Campus Planning Update

March 9, 2021 TO:      USC Faculty and University Staff CC:      USC Students FR:      Sarah Van Orman, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health,              Division Chief for College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC Felicia A. Washington, Senior Vice President for Human Resources Charles F. Zukoski, USC Provost RE:      COVID-19 Update Current COVID-19 metrics…

3/1 – COVID-19 Vaccine, Phase 1B, LA County Education Sector Eligibility

March 1, 2021 To: USC Faculty and University Staff As of March 1, LA County has opened eligibility for all employment-based categories in Phase 1B, including education, childcare, emergency services, or food and agriculture sector employees, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Most USC employees meet the criteria for vaccination at public vaccination centers. Due to current vaccine…

2/22- Campus Vaccine Distribution Update

February 22, 2021 TO:      University Employees (Non-Keck Medicine) FR:       Sarah Van Orman, MD, MMM, FACHA, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health             Division Chief for College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC RE:      Campus Vaccine Distribution Update As you may know, LA County has announced that on March 1, the Group 1B Tier 1…

2/10/21 — Vaccine prioritization strategy for USC campuses

2/10 — As Los Angeles County authorizes progress into next tiers and phases, USC will continue distribution, guided by criteria for the phases as assessed by USC Environmental Health and Safety, Public Health Policy Advisory Working Group, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Working Group. Employees will be invited to receive COVID-19 vaccination based on age/health status…

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…

1/20: Reminder—Trojan Check Begins Friday, Jan. 22

All USC on-site employees and students are reminded that beginning January 22 (this Friday) that Trojan Check, the daily symptom check and campus access platform, will allow campus access only if you have completed the appropriate “Health, Hygiene and Safety” online module, influenza compliance, and required COVID-19 testing.