COVID-19 in Numbers

COVID-19 Dashboard

Current Campus Plan Status: Phase 5 / Welcome Back

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 for students and employees. 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; exceptions apply to vaccinated individuals. 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, the positivity rate, and health equity criteria.