University of Southern California
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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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3/16 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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Updated: March 16, 2020 at 9:14 p.m.

Timely Notification:

Notification of COVID-19 (Eastern Los Angeles Facilities)

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).  The positive test result is considered presumptive, pending confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The individual who tested positive was a caregiver at Keck Medical Center and is currently at home in self-quarantine.

USC medical professionals and administrators are working with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to conduct an investigation of potential exposures.

The University has also learned that a second individual, a patient who has tested positive for COVID-19, is currently in isolation at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.  While the second individual is not a member of the University community, and a notification is not required under the Clery Act, the hospital is within Keck Medicine of USC and we are sharing information about this case for the health and safety of the community.  Given the available information through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, we expect that there may be more cases in the coming days.

Status: Classes & Work

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.

We made the decision to finish the academic semester online or remotely. We will be using this week, which is Spring Recess, to work out the many details with the deans and faculty, and to develop a website for questions and information. The opportunity to test our online capacities last week was very helpful.

Working at home or on campus: Human Resources Partners and units are continuing to meet and give guidance to managers and supervisors as we move to implement the business continuity plans already in place. In addition to information included in the Employee FAQ, Human Resources Partners and the HR Service Center (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) are available to answer questions to ensure your health, safety, and peace of mind.

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