3/27: Health in the Workplace

To:  USC Faculty and Staff

From: Sarah Van Orman, Chief Health Officer for USC Student Health

Re:  Health in the Workplace

As many of you have experienced in the past weeks, there is heightened concern for public health and individual safety at USC in light of COVID-19 in the Los Angeles region and throughout the world.

The essential role of USC employees in keeping the university able to maintain its core operations cannot be underestimated. You are keeping us moving forward, providing the structural support for every step of progress we are making for our students, patients, and each other.

In order to keep up the pace we have set for the university’s recovery from COVID-19 disruptions, we also need to keep ourselves and our co-workers healthy.

Protect yourself through social distancing and good hygiene while on campus. Maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others, even at meals and casual breaks.

For individuals who are beginning to experience respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, difficulty breathing, congestion), please stay at home from work until you recover. Contact your health care provider, who will evaluate your symptoms and may make recommendations for testing. This is especially important for workers who may have close contact (within 6 feet, for more than 10 minutes) with other people as part of their work assignments. Please note the following:

The entire leadership team thanks you for your ongoing contributions to USC. Your dedication to our community during this time of change and tumult exemplifies the meaning of the Trojan Family.