School officials said a coronavirus broke out with the Southern California University fraternity.
At least 40 people living on a street where several school-based frats have been positive for COVID-19, student health chief officer Sarah Van Orman told The Los Angeles Times.
“A significant number of cases were associated with four fraternity homes,” Van Orman said.
To date, about 150 USC students and employees have been infected with the virus.
University officials said the actions of community members off campus are crucial to curbing the spread of the outbreak.
“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. “
Although the outbreak affected the cattle houses, it was unclear whether those infected included members of the fraternity, who often rent rooms during the summer, Van Orman said.
The outbreak among the USC brothers is the most over, she added, credited ongoing testing and aggressive tracking of contacts, as well as a mandatory quarantine ordered by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
The school reported the first 15 positive cases on a fraternity row in a July 9 press release.
“We haven’t seen more cases for the last week or so,” Van Orman said.