Student Health announces “Pop Testing” for Covid-19

Pop Testing Square

USC Student Health is initiating population testing (“Pop. Testing”) of COVID-19 with the external company, Color, to begin the week of August 3, 2020. The ongoing testing is part of the University’s overall testing strategy to identify, isolate, contact trace, and contain new infections.

Collection will consist of a self-collected nasal swab, under the observation of a health professional, and later, through unobserved self-collection. Results will be available in 1-3 days. Check your USC email if you are recommended to participate in testing.

WHO: Campus populations that are required for testing will be sent an initial invitation email, and follow up email reminders by Color: support@color.com. 

HOW: Visit the link in your email to book an appointment. You will receive subsequent follow up notifications from support@color.com. Test results are synchronized with the USC Student Health patient records system, MySHR, no additional uploads are required.

WHERE/WHEN: Locations for sample collection (by appointment) are on both the HSC and UPC campuses and are open from Monday-Friday (times may vary).

ILLNESS/SYMPTOMS: Individuals who are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms (fever, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, nausea, vomiting or mild diarrhea), should NOT use Pop Testing. If you are experiencing symptoms, call 213-740-9355 (WELL) or sign into MySHR (https://usc.edu/myshr) to arrange for telehealth medical evaluation and testing at a separate clinical location.

QUESTIONS?  See the Q and A page for this program. For additional USC questions related to COVID-19, email covid19@usc.edu or call 213-740-6291. Visit we-are.usc.edu for updates and information.