A coronavirus outbreak has hit the USC fraternity, where about 40 people tested positive for COVID-19, said USC Student Health chief Dr. Sarah Van Orman, for the Los Angeles Times.
“A considerable number of the issues were related to four fraternity homes,” Van Orman said. However the explosion does not stop here.
In total, about 150 Trojan students and staff have tested positive so far, even after the school relocated most of its online classrooms, canceled events, limited campus accommodation, increased mask requirements, and control of social distancing and symptom measures.
“If we all do not realize that for now the only means are physical distance and masks, we will continue to have devastation, not only in terms of the economy, our teaching, our academics, our jobs, but the people who die, “Van Orman said.”; Each of us must decide what we expect. Frat should do this too. “
California Coronavirus Update: Deaths rise dramatically in the past week as records fall
The LA county confirmed a total of 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 day before, the region recorded 4,825 new coronavirus infections. This is a record number of new cases in a single day
While earlier cases of LA coronavirus outbreaks were much more prevalent in people over the age of 60, most area infections have now been recorded in people between the ages of 18 and 49 years.
Meanwhile, the university announced on Thursday that in August it will start conducting up to a minimum of 500 tests per day for students and faculty in the country and staff. It will set up three sampling observation sites and eventually switch to an uncontrolled self-collection model to increase the ability for fast, convenient and efficient oversight control, according to Van Orman.
“By increasing our testing capability, we will be able to capture 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 make better informed decisions.” health care. “
The program is being operated through Color technology and testing infrastructure, including software to manage risk control, on-site testing logistics, and sample distribution.
The population surveillance testing program, called “Pop Testing,” is scheduled to begin next month with current summer campus voters and expand to the largest campus population throughout the fall semester.
On Thursday, the region reported 41 new COVID-related deaths over the same 24-hour period, for a total of 45.52 lives lost to the virus.
County health officials in LA warned, however, that “Over 2,000 of these cases are from inaccurate results in laboratory reporting. With that in mind, the director said,” we are indeed about 1,000 cases higher than we were a month ago. “
The city news service contributed to this report.