FAQ on Spring 2021 Testing


I’m a USC student, how frequently should I test?

Undergraduate students should screen/test twice a week (every 4 days); graduate/professional students are required to test once a week (every 7 days).

I’m a faculty/staff/research employee at USC, how frequently should I test?

Employees should screen/test once a week.

I’m a student/faculty/staff/researcher and would like to bring my family in for testing—can I do so?

At this time, the screening and testing program is only available for USC students, faculty, staff, approved contractors, and approved residents in USC Housing.

I am a Keck Medicine of USC employee, should test through this program?

This stesting protocol does not apply to employees of Keck Medicine of USC. Keck Medicine of USC employees will continue to be supported through their established protocols involving daily screening, ensuring appropriate PPE and distancing is maintained throughout facilities, and rigorous contact tracing and testing based on exposure tracking through Employee Health Services. Practices are routinely evaluated for effectiveness, and adjustments are made where appropriate.

I have received the COVID-19 vaccine, is it necessary for me to continue to test?

Yes. Current data indicates that vaccinated individuals may be able to transmit the virus that causes COVID-19 to others, even if they themselves do not develop the illness.

I have previously tested positive for COVID-19, is it necessary for me to test?

No, not for 90 days since your positive test. If you have tested with USC Student Health, your will automatically be exempted from a regular testing requirement for this period of time. If you have tested outside of USC Student Health, upload your results in MySHR (https://usc.edu/myshr)


When does the testing requirement go into effect?

For students arriving/returning to the campus vicinity, testing is required within 3 days of arrival, and no later than January 19, 2021.

For employees returning to work, please plan to test 1-3 days in advance of your return to work on campus.


Where are the locations?

There are four locations: Pappas Quad (HSC), Jefferson /Parking (UPC), Pardee Lawn/Marks (UPC), and The Lab/Figueroa (UPC, street accessible). As the only location outside of the campus perimeters, The Lab/Figueroa is the only location accessible without prior activation of Trojancheck, the daily symptom check system; it also has adjacent parking for students/employees who are testing in advance of working on campus. See the map.

Is advance registration required?

To help ensure appropriate physical distancing, it is recommended that all individuals schedule in advance (MySHR). On-site registration (walk-ups) are available but will still require an individual to book an appointment at the time of walk up , please have your USC ID number, email address, and date of birth available for verification.

I am an employee, should I test “on the clock”?

Yes, employees should screen/test during their “on the clock” hours.

If I only come once a week, do I still need to test?

Yes. Please make an appointment for the day you are scheduled to be on campus. Your appointment will allow you access to campus. However, if you have traveled recently or haven’t been to campus regularly, it is recommended that you test before the first time you arrive on campus so that you have a cleared test before interacting with members on campus. 


I feel I’ve been keeping pretty safe and I don’t feel sick—why is screening/testing important to participate in?

Participating in a Covid-19 screening and testing protocol not only protects your health, it provides valuable population health data on the transmission of the virus in LA County. This aggregated data helps the development of the technology and infrastructure that supports improved public health. It may also yield surprising information about the number of asymptomatic people who are positive for Covid-19, an important clue for the scientific and medical community to better understand how to the disease works, and how it can be prevented from spreading.

What happens if I don’t test?

Access to USC campus facilities will be suspended (via Trojancheck) for individuals who do not complete testing on the required frequency schedule. Trojancheck will automatically deactivate for 3 days if you are past due for a required test.

Is my health data shared with any individuals, departments or other entities?

Protected health information (PHI), which includes any information about health status, provision of health care, or payment for health care that can be linked to a specific individual is private and protected information. This is the individual’s private information and is protected under HIPAA. De-identified data may be aggregated for the purposes of further analyzing and improving the effectiveness of this screening method.

Questions? Contact the USC Covid Hotline, 213-740-6291, covid19@usc.edu