New York Times report on COVID-19 cases in higher ed

Dear Members of the USF Community,

As you may be aware, The New York Times is tracking COVID-19 cases tied to colleges and universities in the United States. This extensive reporting project provides the only analysis of rates of infections on college campuses. The report includes survey responses from hundreds of institutions of higher education, and USF will now be providing information to contribute to this important reporting. Following are the numbers of COVID-19 cases tied to students and employees on USF campuses that we have confirmed to date and have shared with The New York Times:

Cases on campus since shelter in place was instituted in March:

  • On-site USF employees/staff and contractors: 5
  • On-campus students: 1

The health, safety, and well-being of the entire USF community continue to be our highest priorities. These concerns, along with local and state public health directives, guide our approach to the fall semester. By pivoting to a primarily remote term this fall, our goal is to continue to minimize infections among members of our community. Working with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the university’s contact tracing team conducts internal case investigations and contact tracing of USF-affiliated members in order to quickly identify, notify, and isolate/quarantine those individuals to help limit further spread of COVID-19 on campus.

Thank you,

Eric Giardini

Director of Campus Resilience and Co-Lead of the COVID-19 Management Team