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LA County’s latest case of omicron is a USC student

The fully vaccinated student is self-isolating with mild symptoms.

A USC student is the second case with the omicron variant of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, said Chief Health Officer Dr. Sarah Van Orman in a student health briefing Monday.

“The case was detected as part of USC’s routine surveillance testing program; all campus close contacts have been identified, were notified, and are in quarantine,” according to USC’s Dec. 6 COVID-19 update.

The student, who is fully vaccinated and experiencing mild symptoms, is doing well, according to the report. The student recently traveled to the East Coast for Thanksgiving break. They did not attend classes or on-campus activities during the infectious period.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health reported the second case Monday afternoon. It’s likely that the student became infected outside of L.A. County during travel, according to the press release.

In the coming weeks, L.A. County is expected to see more cases of omicron from holiday travel.

“I think importantly for USC students right now is to make sure that if you’ve traveled you have been tested,” Van Orman said. “Even if you haven’t traveled, that you are getting tested this week, even though you’re busy with finals week.”

Van Orman encourages students leaving campus to get COVID-19 boosters and to test before and after traveling.

President Joe Biden enacted new testing rules because of the omicron variant. International travelers above two years old flying into the United States — regardless of vaccination or citizenship status — are now required to have a negative test a day ahead of boarding or show proof of recovery within the last 90 days.