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COVID-19 dashboard update: Cases down to 283 as first week of classes ends

USC reports a total of 283 active COVID-19 cases after the first week of classes, according to the updated COVID-19 dashboard.

Of those, 242 are student cases and 41 are employee cases. This is a decrease from the 303 total coronavirus cases reported on Tuesday. 

The university conducted a total of 3,282 tests between Jan. 12 and Jan. 14 with an overall positive rate of 2.78%. This is higher than the 1.63% positive rate reported between Jan. 8 and Jan. 11. 

Of the 3,282 total tests, 2,820 are student tests with a positive rate of 2.62%. The number of employees tested was 462 with a positive rate of 4.17%. 

There are 905 additional tests that are still pending.

Students and faculty can find the testing schedules and locations for this week on the university's COVID-19 website. Tests will be administered at the Center for Health and Well-Being, 1311 Pendleton St. and at the Carolina Coliseum.  

Since Jan. 1, USC has reported a total of 522 COVID-19 cases. Of that number, 239 have recovered. 

As of now, 1.96% of about 600 quarantine and isolation dorms are in use. 

The alert level is at 0.27 and remains at the "new normal." This is the lowest of the four alert levels. The alert level is calculated using 11 factors, including campus testing, campus case burden and isolation and quarantine capacity. 

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