Updated masking guidance for campus environments

Per revised California Department of Public Health guidelines for workplaces, individuals on USC campus premises in locations where masking is required are now required to wear medical grade masks, which at minimum are surgical masks and may also include higher-grade respirator masks (N95, KN95, or KF94).

This protocol will go into effect campus-wide on Tuesday, January 18.

Campus premises where PPE is required include indoor common spaces, public areas, classrooms, libraries, offices, and laboratories (unless higher-grade PPE is already specified). Faculty, staff, and students in clinical settings should follow guidance for health care settings as determined by the facility.

Please refer to today’s update from Student Health for more information on areas where PPE is required, how to obtain masks, and how to obtain N95 respirators.