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USC COVID-19 update: Quarantine housing empty for first time this semester

Tuesday’s COVID-19 dashboard update brought a first this semester: The university’s isolation and quarantine units are completely empty. 

This doesn’t mean that COVID-19 is absent from the university — the dashboard reported 53 active cases Tuesday. However, these cases all come from students living off campus, according to university spokesperson Jeff Stensland. 

This number of cases is a small decrease from Friday’s count of 61. Students make up the majority of the 53 cases at 47, and there are six cases among university employees. Out of the 1,271 tests done from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26, 690 are still awaiting results. 

Additionally, the total positive test rate has fallen to 0.69% from Friday’s 1.17%. The student positive test rate is 0.93%, while no university employees have tested positive since Friday. 

Testing schedules and locations, which include Davis Field and behind the Student Health Center, can be found on the university's COVID-19 website.

Those experiencing symptoms should make a telemedicine appointment through MyHealthSpace.

A total of 2,623 people have had the coronavirus at USC since Aug. 1, and 2,570 of those have recovered.

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

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