The outbreak of coronavirus spread across a number of fraternal universities in Southern California.
At least 40 people living on the street where several school ferrets live were positive for the COVID-19 test, Sarah Van Orman, a medical science student, told the Los Angeles Times.
“A significant number of cases involved four fraternal houses,” Van Orman said.
To date, approximately 150 students and USC employees have been infected with the virus.
University officials said the actions of community members outside the campus were crucial in limiting the spread of the outbreak.
“Unless everyone understands that currently our only tools are physically distancing and wearing masks, we will continue to be devastated, not only in terms of the economy, our education, our academics, our jobs, but also people who are dying,”; Van said. Orman.
“Each of us has to decide what we stand for. Frats have to do it too. “
Although the outbreak hit the fraternal houses, it was unclear whether the infected were fraternal members who often rent rooms in the summer, Van Orman said.
The focus among the USC frits is mostly over, she added, attributing ongoing testing and aggressive contact tracing, as well as mandatory quarantine ordered by the Los Angeles County Department of Health.
For the first time, the school reported 15 positive cases in the fraternal council in a July 9 press release.
“We haven’t seen any more cases in the last week,” Van Orman said.