USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Making Cancer a Disease of the Past during COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, its impact can be felt around the world. We want to applaud you for facing the challenges and obstacles it brings with such strength and resilience. We hope that all your loved ones are both safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
Your wellbeing is our number one concern and we want to share with you all the precautions the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has implemented to ensure your safety, and the safety of our staff during this time. Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to keep you safe and ensure you continue to have access to the lifesaving therapies you need. We are here for you and your family and we will continue to be.
Our building may be closed, but we are still here for you.
Our mission to provide patient-centered cancer care has not been interrupted. Our clinical trials continue to provide lifesaving therapies to you and your family members, although some clinical visits have shifted to a telemedicine format for your safety. To further ensure the safety of all of our patients, new protocols have been put in place for any patient that enters a USC Norris facility. These protocols include a fever check before entering the building, completion of a questionnaire in relation to COVID-19, and a no visitor policy.
Our “front line caregivers” continue to be available to you. All of our physicians, nurses, allied workers, and technicians have shown amazing fortitude through this crisis. They are
heroes in every respect.
We are helping in every way to expand COVID-19 testing.
The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is working closely with teams across USC. We are racing to enhance capacity for COVID-19 screening, using both our intellectual and other resources for this mission. For example, we are reassigning machines used in our laboratories in order to develop tests for viral infection. Currently over 40 of our laboratories are actively being used to study this virus further.
We are supporting our community.
As the COVID-19 situation continues, we know that the consequences of living in this extraordinary time can take its toll, but we are here for you. In partnership with the YMCA in East Los Angeles, White Memorial Hospital, Keck School of Medicine, The Office of Civic Engagement, USC Community Relations, and Keck Medicine of USC, we have distributed food to thousands of families in need, with a focus on seniors and high-risk individuals, and continue to do so weekly. If you or your loved ones are in need of this service, food distribution takes place Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM at YMCA in East L.A. located at 2900 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, 90063.
Thank you for all you're doing to stop the spread of COVID-19. Your continued effort in following social distancing, handwashing and face-covering guidelines are the most important weapon we have to beat this virus. Stay Home and Stay Safe.
The Keck Medicine of USC website that is continuously updated with the best information available for our campus www.keckmedicine.org/coronavirus.
Together we will Heal On!
The University’s COVID-19 Response
USC has established four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include the USC Student Basic Needs Fund, Keck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, USC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.