8/2: COVID-19 safety and other reminders 

As fall semester classes near, USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman offers these important reminders:

  • Masks: Medical-grade masks or respirator masks (including surgical, N95, KN95 and KF94) are recommended when you are indoors. Masks are required at health care facilities including USC’s Engemann and Eric Cohen student health centers
  • Pre-arrival testing: Students, faculty and staff are advised to test one to two days before coming to campus. Antigen tests (home kits) are acceptable.
  • Testing after you arrive: Three to five days after arriving, plan to test using USC Student Health’s Pop Testing service. Schedule an appointment for drop-off through MySHR
  • If you have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days: Do not test for COVID-19 with a PCR test (including “pop testing”); use an antigen test if you have new symptoms to confirm a positive status. 
  • Monitor your symptoms: If you experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, stay home and do not go to class, work or any other location. Arrange to be tested for COVID-19. 
  • If you have a positive COVID-19 test result: Follow the instructions for positive individuals if you have a positive result. You must notify USC if you test positive and have been on campus.
  • Monkeypox: We are closely monitoring the monkeypox situation and will share any specific information that relates to the university community as it develops. Students who may have had an exposure or symptoms are encouraged to contact Student Health at 213-740-9355 (WELL) or to make an appointment in MySHR.

Read the full memo