USC DPS employee tested positive for COVID-19

The university will reinforce a series of health measurements within DPS.

A USC Department of Public Safety employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email sent to all USC DPS personnel by Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman and Chief John Thomas Sunday night.

The individual worked in the DPS Communications Center in the PSA building. The person’s last date in the building was March 25, according to the email.

“Individual DPS employees with possible exposures have been contacted and received instructions for self-monitoring,” the email reads.

Van Orman said in the email that the university will reinforce a series of health measurements within the DPS, including temporal thermometer checks at the beginning of each shift, use of surgical face masks for all employees while in contact with others, use of gloves and personal hand hygiene and social distancing for workplace and personal interactions. Van Orman and Thomas also asked DPS employees to report all illnesses and self-isolate if they develop symptoms like fever, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, difficulty breathing and mild diarrhea.

People with questions should call the COVID-19 hotline at 213-740-6291 or email

As of March 29, there are 2136 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 37 deaths in Los Angeles County, including Long Beach and Pasadena, according to the LA Department of Public Health. As of March 29, the University Park community, which contains the university’s UPC campus and its northern neighborhood, has five confirmed cases.