12/14- Winter Break Schedule for COVID-19 Testing Sites; Lab Resulting Timeframe

Dear USC Students, Faculty and Staff:

Please be informed of the upcoming Winter Break schedule for Pop Testing. If you are a student staying locally during the break, please continue to test. 


Winter Break schedule begins this weekend, with a closure of Saturday testing beginning DEC 18. Pardee Marks & Bookstore locations are closed this week, please see the attached schedule.


Also, FLU compliance will take effect for Trojan Check this upcoming Friday DEC 17—this impacts your campus access if you are not in compliance for flu vaccination by this date.

LAB RESULTS UPDATE: COVID-19 Pop Testing Result Timeframes

Due to unexpected equipment maintenance, lab resulting times for SALIVA sample testing for COVID-19 is currently delayed; results are expected to return within 48-72 hours for this week. New appointments online for saliva drop-off are closed over the next three days; patients are directed to make appointments for NASAL SWAB.

  • NASAL SWAB sample testing is operating normally; these results are expected to return in the typical timeframe of 24-48 hours.
  • Reminder for International Travel-related testing: Pop Testing is available as ongoing surveillance testing. Results are typically available within 24 hours but are not guaranteed. The timing of test result availability depends on testing volume and laboratory capacity on any given day. Testing does not take place on Sundays or major holidays (December 24, 25, 31 & January 1). Medical stamps, passport number, and CLIA lab certification can be added to test result documentation upon request. To request this information be added to your test result documentation, please email eshchim@usc.edu with the following information in the subject line: Testing Documentation for Travel, full name and USC ID #.
  • Rapid pre-travel COVID testing is available for a cost at LAX airport for travelers with time-sensitive travel testing requirements.


Reminder—MySHR users may experience slowdowns or system timeouts have during heavy system usage times (typically Monday mornings after holidays breaks). Consider logging-in during weekends and evenings to make your testing appointment, this will allow for the best system access experience. Also consider making Wed-Fri your regular weekly testing day.


For students, faculty, and staff—if you are traveling over break, please plan on testing within 24-48 hours before you arrive in LA. Please test 24-48 hours after your arrival to LA, and if you have traveled internationally, test again on day 5 after your arrival.


COVID-19 Testing Schedule         

DEC 13-17: Pardee & Bookstore locations closed.

DEC 18 (SAT): All sites closed.

Break Week 1: DEC 20 (MON) – DEC 23 (THUR)

UPC Jefferson Lot open, schedule is below; 

HSC Eric Cohen is accepting saliva drop-offs from 

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. All other sites are closed this week.

Jefferson Lot Hours

·            Saliva Drop Off: 7:00 – 4:30 PM; Swab closure at 3 PM from M-TH

·            Swab is closed on Thursday Dec 23

·            DEC 24 & 25: CLOSURE FOR HOLIDAY

·            DEC 26: Sunday closure

Break Week 2: DEC 27 (MON) – DEC 30 (THUR)

UPC Jefferson Lot open, schedule is below. 

HSC Eric Cohen is accepting saliva drop-offs from 

9 AM – 1 PM on MON DEC 27 & TUES DEC 28. 

All other sites are closed this week.  

Jefferson Lot Hours

·            Saliva Drop Off and Swab: 7:00 – 1:00 PM

·            Swab is closed on Thursday Dec 30

·            DEC 31 & JAN 1: CLOSURE FOR HOLIDAY

·            JAN 2: Sunday closure

Break Week 3: JAN 3 (MON) – JAN 7 (FRI)

Jefferson Lot, Bookstore, Pardee Marks, Pappas Quad

are open and operating, schedule below.

Jefferson Lot Hours Saliva Drop Off: 7 AM – 4:30 PM M-TH

   9:30 AM – 4:30 PM F

Bookstore Drop off: 7:30 – 11:30 AM M-Th, 9:30-11:30 F

Pardee Marks Drop off: 8 AM – 4:30 PM M-Th, 9:30-4:30 F

Pappas Quad Drop off: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM M-Th, 9:30-4:30 F

All locations—Swab closure at 3 PM M-TH, and 2 PM F