The coronavirus outbreak hit the USC fraternal council, where about 40 people were positive for COVID-19, USC Student Health Dr. told the Los Angeles Times. Sarah Van Orman.
“A significant number of cases involved four fraternal houses,” Van Orman said. However, the outbreak did not stop.
A total of about 150 Trojans and staff have tested positive so far, although the school has moved the vast majority of classes online, canceled events, limited on-campus housing, increased mask requirements, as well as social distancing and symptom control measures.
“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. “
California Coronavirus Update: Deaths have risen dramatically in recent weeks as records decline
LA on Thursday confirmed 2,628 new COVID-19 cases. To date, the district has identified 185,872 positive cases of COVID-19 in all areas of LA County. The day before, the region had recorded 4,825 new coronavirus infections. This is a record number of new cases in one day
While at the beginning of LA cases, cases of coronavirus outbreaks were much more common in people over 60 years of age, most infections in this area were reported in people aged 18 to 49 years.
Meanwhile, the university announced on Thursday that at least 500 tests per day for students and for faculty and staff will begin in August. According to Van Orman, it will set up three observed sampling sites and eventually move to an unmonitored self-collection model to increase access to fast, convenient and effective monitoring testing.
“By increasing our testing capacity, we will be able to capture and reduce the sources of infection faster,” said Van Orman.
She added that the partnership with Color, which specializes in distributed healthcare and clinical trials, “will expand our knowledge of the prevalence and detection of asymptomatic cases to USC so that we can make better-informed healthcare decisions.”
The program runs through Color’s technology and testing infrastructure, including risk screening management software, on-site logistics, and test distribution and sample processing.
The population monitoring program called “Pop Testing” is due to start next month with the current components of the summer campuses and to be extended to larger campus populations during the autumn semester.
The region reported 41 new COVID-related deaths in the same 24-hour period on Thursday, for a total of 4,552 lives.
However, LA County health officials warned that “more than 2,000 of these cases are not processed by laboratory reports.” Considering, the director said, “we are actually 1,000 cases higher than we were a month ago.”
The City News Service contributed to this report.