LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The University of Southern California will require returning students, faculty and staff to wear surgical or N95 masksFor the spring semester, you will be on campus
According to the university’s student-run newspaper The Daily Trojan, Chief Health Officer Dr. Sarah Van Orman announced the change during a student media briefing Monday.
#Breaking: Students, faculty, and staff at @USC will be required to wear N95 or surgical gowns masksOn campus for the spring semester, rather than in cloth masksDuring Monday’s student media briefing, Dr. Sarah Van Orman, Chief Health Officer, stated that facial coverings are acceptable.
— Daily Trojan (@dailytrojan) January 4, 2022
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The N95 masksCloth will be replaced by it masksOther facial coverings
USC currently uses remote learning during the first week in the semester, Jan. 10-17.
Students will be required by January 6 to take a negative COVID screening before they can move into university housing and resume in-person classes.
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Classes in person will resume on January 18.
All eligible faculty, staff, and students will be required to have a COVID-19 booster shot.
COVID testing sites in other areas of LA had long lines Tuesday. Echo Park had a long line that stretched around the block for the majority of the day.
A local doctor stated that vaccines and previous cases of COVID are increasing immunity to prevent severe Omicron variant infections. However, without the vaccine or prior infection people are still at high-risk for serious illness.
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“If you’ve never been vaccinated this virus is not that mild,”Santa Monica Urgent Care’s Dr. Nathan Newman said. “This is still COVID. This is still going to really hurt.”