7/22- Health Alert: Increase in COVID-19 cases in LA County

TO:               USC Students, Faculty and University Staff FR:                Sarah Van Orman, MD MMM FACHA, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health, Keck Medicine of USC;  Division Chief for College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC LA County’s COVID-19 cases have increased by 20-fold compared to last month. On June 21 there were 124 cases. Yesterday,…

7/15 – Health Alert: Indoor Masking Required, Effective Immediately

July 15, 2021 TO:           USC Students, Faculty and University Staff FR:            Sarah Van Orman, MD MMM FACHA, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health,  Keck Medicine of USC; Division Chief for College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC RE:       Health Alert: Indoor Masking Required, Effective Immediately In alignment with the LA County Department of Public…

7/2 – Phase 5 Guidelines

Dear Colleagues, Effective July 1, the university has formally transitioned to Phase 5 of its phased Restart framework. Last week we announced many of the key items outlined in the Phase 5 Guidelines, including the workforce planning process now underway and our updated vaccination and face covering policies. These plans will  ensure we are ready to support an in-person return…

6/29 – Masking Policy Updates

June 29, 2021 We are writing to give you an update on our masking policy. On Wednesday, we will begin teaching some classes in person during our second summer session and are continuing to plan for a full return to in-person activities on our campuses this Fall, with our undergraduates returning in mid-August and most…

6/17- COVID-19 vaccination requirements for attending USC in fall 2021.

Dear USC Students: Please review the information below regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements for attending USC in fall 2021. COVID-19 vaccination: USC  policy requires all students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or submit a personal declination. Students are required to complete uploading vaccination documentation by July 15 . Students with a declination will be required to complete regular surveillance testing. (Note: declinations forms…

6/16 – Restart Planning Update

June 16, 2021 Dear Colleagues, As the state continues to relax pandemic restrictions, many of you have asked if there is a specific date when USC will return to normal operations. While we are ramping up in-person activities throughout the summer and preparing to welcome students back to campus in August, the simple answer is that there…

5/6 – Health Advisory and Advancing into the Yellow Tier

May 6, 2021 TO:      USC Faculty and University Staff FR:       Sarah Van Orman, MD, MMM, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health                Division Chief of College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC             Deona Willes, MPH, CLS, Executive Director of USC Environmental Health and Safety RE:       Health Advisory on COVID-19 and Advancing into…