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USC COVID-19 update: 39 active cases breaks three week decline

USC now has 39 total active coronavirus cases on campus, according to the updated COVID-19 dashboard.

The number is six higher than the last update's total case count of 33. Thirty-four of the cases are students, and five are employees. This breaks the three-week decline in total active cases the university witnessed up until Sept. 29.  

During this reporting period between Sept. 29 and Oct. 2, 1,632 total tests were performed with an overall positive rate of 1.40%. This is up from the 1.18% overall positive rate of the last period, in which 844 tests were performed. 

The schedule and locations for testing can be found on USC's COVID-19 website

Free pop-up testing is also available at Founders Park and Martin Luther King Jr. Park until Oct. 3. Students can register for that testing here

Those who show symptoms of COVID-19 should register for a nasal swab test through MyHealthSpace.

The isolation and quarantine dorms have 97.1% of their capacity open. The dorms have 19 spaces in use and 809 spaces empty. Quarantine/isolation housing is located in Bates West, the National Advocacy Center, SpringHill Suites and the Holiday Inn Express on Washington St. 

The alert level remains at the lowest level, called “new normal.” The alert level is calculated using 11 factors, including testing, on-campus case burden and quarantine/isolation capacity.  

The COVID-19 dashboard will be updated every Tuesday and Friday.