Current CA State Tier: Tier 1/Purple, Widespread Transmission
Current Campus Plan Status: Phase 2 / First Steps
The health, safety and well-being of our community is USC’s highest priority.
Our testing strategy tracks positive cases of COVID-19 in order to guide key decisions to curb the spread. These data of positive cases among students and essential employees is monitored in relation to the broader spread in L.A. County.
California has a framework for managing the spread of COVID-19 using case rate, positivity rate, and equity criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. To see how tiers are assigned and can change, visit the California Department of Public Health guidance page.
USC is taking a phased approach to returning to campus. USC will progress from one phase to another as conditions allow, in line with federal, state, and local guidance as well as guidance set by USC. Until USC announces a change in phase, the current phase is in effect, regardless of federal, state and local announcements.
Latest COVID-19 Indicators
Testing by Population
Totals released by USC Student Health reflect testing numbers through a twofold testing strategy: surveillance population testing program for asymptomatic individuals (Pop Testing provided through the Color company), and the PCR testing for exposed and symptomatic individuals. Results are updated weekly (data points show the beginning date of week represented).
Isolation and Quarantine
Individuals who are exposed to a positive Covid-19 case (within 6 ft., for a combined total of 15 minutes or longer within a 24-hour period) are required to quarantine for 14 days. Those who are ill are required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days and sometimes longer. USC is prepared to provide student support through dedicated accommodations and regular check-ins.
COVID-19 Testing Trends for Los Angeles County
The university’s decisions are aligned with the current conditions for Los Angeles County. Key indicators of prevalence include new cases per 100,000 people, and the positivity rate. Los Angeles County is currently above the threshold of 7 new cases per 100,000 people and therefore still within the most restrictive tier for the state.