The University of Southern California is reporting 104 positive cases of coronavirus in the last three days, according to University Student Health.
At least 73 students tested positive from symptomatic and exposure testing, while another 31 were part of population testing. For the latter, anyone who is asymptomatic can be tested. The positivity rate is now 2.7% which is considered high, according to Chief Health Officer Dr. Sarah Van Orman. She notes spread is generally through small gatherings.
In a memo to students Monday, USC Student Health said “it has received an alarming increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in students in the University Park Campus Community as the first week of the fall semester has concluded.” At that time, 43 students tested positive – 29 through symptomatic and exposure testing, plus 14 through population testing.
University Health wants students to work together to protect the community.
“Even simple board games involving touching shared objects can become a super-spreader event,” advised University Health, adding that eating and drinking in a group is a particularly high-risk activity.
USC started the fall semester on August 17.