If you have returned from travel over spring break, it is recommended to test for COVID-19 between days 3-5, Pop Testing is available to you by scheduling in MySHR, or you can use antigen test kits (serial testing with two consecutive tests, 24-48 hours apart, is recommended.) In addition, campus has started testing wastewater samples…
Update to Health Officer Order for the control of COVID-19
4/15/22—Updated guidance from the LA County Dept. of Public Health removes the quarantine requirement for individuals who are asymptomatic after having had a close contact exposure to a positive case of COVID-19. Individuals who have had an exposure are required to wear a highly protective mask around others, especially indoors, for a total of 10 days after…
Relief in sight as COVID-19 winter surge tapers at USC and in L.A. County
The COVID-19 omicron variant — which went from newly detected to widespread transmission seemingly overnight — is showing a decline, both in Los Angeles County and at USC. “We are relieved to have passed the peak of this winter surge,” said Sarah Van Orman, chief medical officer for USC Student Health. As the campus emptied…
Winter Break Testing Schedule; Other Announcements
Winter Break schedule begins this weekend, with a closure of Saturday testing beginning DEC 18. Pardee Marks & Bookstore locations are closed this week, please see the attached schedule. Due to unexpected equipment maintenance, lab resulting times for SALIVA sample testing for COVID-19 is currently delayed; results are expected to return within 48-72 hours for this week. New appointments online for saliva drop-off are closed over the next three days; patients are directed to make appointments for NASAL SWAB.
8/23 Nasal Swab Testing; Other Testing Updates
As of this week, USC Student Health is re-introducing nasal swab as a method for collecting samples for COVID-19 testing. Nasal swab appointments are available through MySHR (Monday-Friday until 3:30 PM) at Jefferson Lot and Pardee Marks locations. Please refer to the Pop Testing Hours and Locations page for updated information.
Thank you to our community — 27,000 tests were administered this past week, and there was less than 0.5% positivity among students — much lower than in the general population (3.52% is the current positivity rate for Los Angeles County). Your participation in our vaccine program, reaching above 91% for fully vaccinated among students, faculty, and staff, has also made the opening of the fall semester safer for everyone.
8/12 Current COVID-19 Safety Requirements
Information about pre-arrival testing; post-arrival testing, Immuchella, and more for students coming to the USC campuses.
5/19 – Delay in COVID-19 Test Results, Week of May 24
Please be advised that COVID-19 testing results (through the Pop Testing program) will be delayed due to pre-scheduled system maintenance on Monday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 25. Test samples submitted on these days will return between Wednesday, May 26 through Thursday, May 27. If you require test results that return within the customary 24-hour window…