Latest COVID-19 Testing Data

The health, safety and well-being of our community is USC’s highest priority.

USC Student Health began testing for COVID-19 in our community on March 16, 2020. Our testing tracks the ramp-up of testing centers and lab processing facilities throughout Los Angeles County. Since that period of time, in addition to providing guidance to curb the spread, we have monitored positive cases of COVID-19 among students and essential employees in the campus environment and their relation to the broader spread in L.A. County.

Current Testing Numbers

September 6 – 12, 2020

Totals released by USC Student Health reflect testing numbers through the surveillance population testing program for asymptomatic individuals (Pop Testing provided through the Color company), and the PCR testing for exposed and symptomatic individuals. Results will be updated weekly on Wednesdays.

Surveillance Testing / Total Number Tested: 2,445

Students Tested: 2,305

STU Positive Tests: 18

STU Percent positive: 0.8%

Employees Tested: 140

EMP Positive Tests: 0

EMP Percent positive: 0%

Exposed/Symptomatic Testing / Total Number Tested: 178

Students Tested: 153

STU Positive Tests: 27

STU Percent positive: 17.6%

Employees Tested: 25

EMP Positive Tests: 0

EMP Percent positive: 0%

Testing Protocols

There are two types of testing being conducted through USC Student Health:

1. Exposed / Symptomatic Individuals

Nasopharyngeal swab testing for exposed (had close contact, within 6 ft. for 15 minutes or longer with a positive individual) or symptomatic (has any combination of symptoms) individuals. This is for any USC student, and any USC employee who has been approved for essential work on campus.

2. Surveillance Testing for Asymptomatic Individuals

Pop Testing (by external company, Color). This is for asymptomatic individuals—do not use this program if you are ill or have been informed you have been exposed to COVID-19 (had close contact, within 6 ft. for 15 minutes or longer with a positive individual). This is for any USC student, and any USC employee who has been approved for essential work on campus.

For more details and the latest information, please visit the USC Student Health site.

Notification of Close Contacts

To notify the university about a positive case of COVID-19, call 213-740-6291. To arrange for testing due to exposure or symptoms, call USC Student Health at 213-740-9355 (WELL).

The following process is currently in place for notification of close contacts (within 6 feet, 15-minute duration or longer) exposed to COVID-19:

Positive tests: For students/faculty/staff who test positive, Student Health works to contact individuals associated with specific locations and persons in the USC community who may have had an exposure. Student patients receive check-ins and care by USC Student Health. Faculty and staff receive check-ins by USC Student Health. Care will be through their current providers.

Notifications: Individuals who may have had exposures are contacted and given guidance on current recommendations for quarantine and options for testing. USC campus locations that are evaluated as a risk for contact exposure (by USC Environmental Health & Safety) receive an extensive cleaning in coordination with the facility manager. Depending on the location, general notifications are provided to the impacted departments or buildings. 

Public locations: For USC facilities that are accessible to the public, we provide a broader communication with public health guidance to the community.

Community Expectations

It is imperative that we all take essential precautions at home and on campus. This includes the use of face coverings, frequent hand hygiene, self-isolation away from others if experiencing symptoms, and using the utmost care when encountering other people – especially during high-risk respiratory activities such as eating and talking. It is up to us to help slow the spread, and we must pause our usual activities – including gatherings and events – for the time being. 

We expect those in our community to follow all guidance issued by USC for returning to campus. This guidance is designed to keep us safe, and we all must do our part.

Past Testing Data