Every day brings new information, challenges and surprises, with the spread of the virus, government decisions, and economic and social impacts. So every day we have to update our planning for near and longer term needs. Our new actions are based on this evolving situation and the issues we know are top of mind for you.
It has been one week since we wrote to the community to notify you of the first cases of COVID-19 related to the USC community. In this brief time period, the Los Angeles region, and the state of California, reached significant milestones in the measures to mitigate the ongoing spread of this disease.
The unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 require us to consider different ways to continue academic progress at USC. This is a time of anxiety and uncertainty, and we seek to help ease the pressure when we continue spring semester remotely beginning Monday.
We are writing to help clarify the impact of these new directives on our campuses, and to keep you abreast of several new actions we are taking.
In alignment with the “Safer at Home” order for control of COVID-19 issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on March 19, the following operational changes are in effect for USC Student Health as of March 20, 2020.
Message to USC students from Sarah Van Orman, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health.
Message to faculty, staff, and student researchers from Maja Mataric, Interim Vice President of Research.
Under the Clery Act, which requires the University to share certain information with the community, we are writing to share that a member of the University community has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
We are taking several significant new actions based on the evolving situation and informed by questions and concerns you’ve been sharing. To fully implement each of these will take some time, but we will make information available as quickly as we can.
Update from Sarah Van Orman, Chief Health Officer for USC Student Health.