Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates
06 May 20
The health and well-being of our entire population — faculty, staff, students and especially patients — is incredibly important to us. Due to the national emergency regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus, which is responsible for COVID-19, we would like to share with our our constituencies the following:
Patients: Due to the overwhelming number of people who have become new patients during the past several months, we are temporarily not accepting new patients. We plan to resume accepting new patients in August.
Dental-Emergency Patients: We are currently accepting patients for emergency treatment by appointment only. No walk-ins will be accepted. If you are experiencing dental pain and believe you’re experiencing a dental emergency, please call (213) 740-2805.
UPON RETURNING TO OUR PATIENT CARE FACILITIES, patients are expected to follow new safety protocols to ensure the safety of our entire community. Learn more below:
Last Updated: January 14, 2022
FOR FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS
Faculty and Staff: To access the Norris Dental Science Center, you must complete your Trojan Check everyday. If you are fully vaccinated and have uploaded proof of vaccination into your MySHR portal, you do not need to maintain a weekly COVID-19 testing regimen. Those who are not fully vaccinated must still be tested weekly for COVID-19.
Faculty and Staff: Most library buildings, including the Wilson Dental Library are open for study and research. Visit the Fall 2021 at the USC Libraries page for more information.
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