1/7/22 – Spring Semester and Omicron

January 7, 2022 Dear USC Community,Spring semester brings new opportunities, new classes, and a return to the academic year with a fresh start. We look forward to seeing our students back on our campuses. Although this beginning of 2022 coincides with a challenging phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are marshaling all our resources to…

1/5 – Updated Masking Guidance for Campus Environments

 DT: January 5, 2022  TO: USC Faculty and University Staff  CC: USC Students  FR: Deona Willes, MPH, CLS, Executive Director  USC Environmental Health and Safety  Sarah Van Orman, MD, MMM, FACHA, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health  Division Chief for College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC  RE: Updated Masking Guidance for Campus Environments …

12/7- Health Advisory and the Close of the Fall Semester

Dec. 7, 2021 TO:         USC Students, Faculty and University Staff RE:          Health Advisory and the Close of the Fall Semester FR:          Sarah Van Orman, MD, MMM, FACHA, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health Deona Willes, MPH, CLS, Executive Director, USC Environmental Health and Safety As you may be preparing for entering finals and start of…

12/6 – COVID-19 Update

Dec 6, 2021—A recent Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announcement identified the Omicron variant in a college student returning from recent domestic air travel. USC can confirm the individual is a USC student who is currently isolating and doing well. The case was detected as part of USC’s routine surveillance testing program; all…

11/3 – Updated Access Protocols

November 3, 2021 Fellow Trojans, I want to alert you to upcoming changes to COVID-19-related requirements for accessing USC’s campuses due to a new L.A. City Council ordinance. The ordinance, which covers entry requirements for a variety of indoor venues, including restaurants, food courts, coffee shops, and gyms, takes effect on November 8. Because USC’s University…

9/28 For Faculty and University Staff: Vaccine Update for Campus— Influenza and COVID-19 Boosters

Sept. 28, 2021 TO:      USC Faculty and University Staff FR:       Sarah Van Orman, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health             Division Chief for College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC RE:      Vaccine Update for Campus— Influenza and COVID-19 Boosters As we enter the influenza season, the University has renewed the decision to require influenza vaccines…

9/15 – National Recovery Month 2021

To: USC Students, Faculty and Staff As you may already be aware, September is National Recovery Month—a time to promote and support the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of community members and service providers across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible, and new evidence-based recovery practices.…

8/23 – Introducing Nasal Testing, and other COVID-19 Testing Updates

August 23, 2021 To:         All USC students; All Faculty; All University Staff Fr:           USC Student Health RE:         Introducing Nasal Testing, and other COVID-19 Testing Updates As of this week, USC Student Health is re-introducing nasal swab as a method for collecting samples for COVID-19 testing. Nasal swab appointments are available through MySHR (Monday-Friday until 3:30 PM)…