A coronavirus epidemic has shattered the entire fraternity of the University of Southern California, school officials said yesterday.
At least 40 people living on the street where several of the school siblings are based have tested positive for COVID-19, chief health student Sarah Van Orman told the Los Angeles Times.
“A significant number of cases involve four fraternity houses,” Van Orman said.
To date, about 150 USC students and staff have been infected with the virus.
University officials said the actions of community members off campus were crucial in curbing the spread of the epidemic.
“If we all don’t realize that our only tools right now are physical distancing and wearing masks, we will continue to devastate not only the economy, our education, our academics, our jobs, but people are dying,”
“Each of us must decide what he stands for. The brothers must do the same. “
Although the outbreak affected the fraternity’s homes, it was unclear whether the infected included fraternity members who often rent rooms in the summer, Van Orman said.
The outbreak among the USC brothers is mostly over, she added, crediting the ongoing tests and aggressive contact tracking, as well as the mandatory quarantine ordered by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
The school for the first time reported 15 positive cases of fraternity disputes in a statement by July 9th.
“We haven’t seen any more cases in the last week,” Van Orman said.