An outbreak of coronavirus hit the USC fraternity row, where about 40 people tested positive for COVID-19, chief health officer USC Student Dr. Sarah Van Orman told the Los Angeles Times.
“A significant number of cases were associated with four fraternity homes,” Van Orman said. The outbreak did not stop there, however.
In total, about 150 Trojan students and employees have tested positive so far, even as the school has moved most of the online classes, canceled events, limited accommodation on campus, increased mask requirements. as well as social distancing and symptom checking measures.
“As long as we all understand that right now our only tools are physical distancing and wearing masks, we will continue to have devastation, not just in terms of the economy, our learning, our academics. , our jobs, but people who are dying, “Van Orman said. “Each of us has to decide what we are. The frats need to do that too. “
California Coronavirus Update: Deaths Rise Dramatically Last Week as Records Fall
LA County as a whole confirmed 2,628 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. To date, the county has identified 185,872 positive cases of COVID-19 in all areas of LA County. The previous day, the region had recorded 4,825 new coronavirus infections. That’s a record number of new cases for one day
While early on outbreaks of coronavirus outbreaks in LA were much more prevalent among people over 60 years of age, the majority of infections in the area have now been reported in people between the ages of 18 and 49 years.
Meanwhile, the university announced on Thursday that in August it will start picking up a minimum of 500 tests a day for students and on-site staff and staff. It will set up three observed sampling sites and eventually transition to an unobserved self-collection model to increase access to fast, convenient and efficient surveillance tests, according to Van Orman.
“By increasing our testing capacity, we will be able to catch faster and contain sources of infection,” Van Orman said.
She added that partnering with Color, a company that specializes in distributed healthcare and clinical testing, “will expand our knowledge of the prevalence and detection of asymptomatic cases at USC, so that we can we make better-informed healthcare decisions. “
The program is operated through Color testing technology and infrastructure, including software to manage risk screening, on-site and distributed testing logistics and sample processing. .
The population monitoring testing program, called “Pop Testing,” is scheduled to begin next month with the current summer campus constituents and expand to larger campus during the fall semester.
On Thursday, the region reported 41 new COVID-related deaths in the same 24-hour period, for a total of 4,552 lives lost by the virus.
LA County health officials warned, however, that “More than 2,000 of those cases come from backlog in lab reporting.” Taking into account, the director said, “we are really about 1,000 cases higher than we were a month ago.”
City News Service contributed to this report.