Last updated: 7/19/2021 at 11:34 a.m.

How You Can Help

Right now, health care workers at Keck Medicine of USC’s hospitals and clinics have the gear they need to protect themselves and others as they care for patients with COVID-19. But with the number of COVID-19 patients rising daily, leaders at Keck Medicine are asking for the community’s help in donating supplies now.

  • Disposable face masks
  • N95 masks, sometimes called respirators
  • Eye protection, including face shields and safety goggles

  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable gloves, especially non-latex
  • Disposable surgical caps

Keck Medicine is also accepting monetary donations to support our COVID-19 efforts.

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COVID-19 Testing

Patients can access COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Your physician can order these tests for you, by appointment. Whether you are an existing patient or would like to become a patient, our team can help connect you with a Keck Medicine provider regarding COVID-19 testing. For assistance, please call (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273).

All patients undergoing a surgery or procedure must get tested for COVID-19 within 48-24 hours prior to their surgery or procedure. We recommend being tested at a Keck Medicine facility to ensure a sufficient turnaround time. For details on pre-procedural testing, click here.

As of March 8, 2021, our Arcadia drive-through COVID-19 testing tent has been closed until further notice.

COVID-19 Testing Location

Health Sciences Campus
2266 Norfolk St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Monday-Sunday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Click here for a map of this location.

Participate in COVID-19 Research

Our community of scientists is working diligently to better understand COVID-19 and is looking for people who have tested positive and recovered from the virus to take part in two projects:

  • USC COVID-19 Biorepository
  • USC COVID-19 Convalescent Serum Donation Project

Participants will be asked to donate biospecimens such as blood, urine and saliva.

To learn more about the projects and how to participate, click here.

Keck Medicine COVID-19 Test Pricing

Keck Medicine Coronavirus (COVID-19) Diagnostic Lab Test Coronavirus (COVID-19) Viral Test Coronavirus (COVID-19) Antibody Test
Simple Description This is a viral test that indicates if you currently have the coronavirus infection. This is an antibody test that indicates if you previously had the coronavirus infection.
Test Description Molecular (RT-PCR) test to diagnose SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19). This is publicized as the “swab” test. Antibody (serology) test to detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 that provide indication that you have been exposed to the virus.
When To Get Tested When you have symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection and/or have been exposed to someone with the virus. When you previously had, or suspected you had, COVID-19 and your health care provider wants to determine if you have antibodies to the virus.
Keck Medicine Cash Price $114 $115

Our Frontline Team

A look at the members of our health care team as they work to protect our
patients and community during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Three Keck Medicine of USC health care employees wear face masks and stand in a hallway
  • Keck Medicine of USC health care worker speaks to a person in a car
  • Two Keck Medicine of USC health care workers show COVID-19 testing tube
  • Two Keck Medicine of USC health care workers help each other with face masks and face shields
  • Group of Keck Medicine of USC health care employees stand in front of COVID-19 testing tent
  • Two Keck Medicine of USC employees wear face masks and stand together
  • Keck Medicine of USC health care employee washes his hands at a sink
  • Two Keck Medicine of USC health care employees sit at a front entrance desk
  • Keck Medicine of USC staff wear face masks and meet in an office
  • Three people walk in front of the main entrance of Keck Hospital of USC
  • Sirisha R. Mohan, MD, conducts a telehealth appointment with one of her patients
  • Three Keck Medicine of USC health care employees work in a supply room
  • Bob Vance stands in front of room and speaks to colleagues sitting at desks
  • Keck Medicine of USC staff sit in a conference room
  • Keck Medicine of USC staff sit in a conference room and watch presentation on television screen
  • Group of Keck Medicine of USC health care employees hold up signs with COVID-19 message

Frequently Asked Questions

Your health and safety are our top priorities. Our physicians and staff are here for you when you need care — via a virtual telehealth visit or in one of our offices or hospitals. To learn more about how we are providing safe, effective care, click here.

Virtual visits allow you and your physician to share information using a video connection. In order to have a virtual visit with one of our physicians, you must have an internet connection as well as USC’s TeleCARE platform installed on your computer or smartphone. For instructions on how to install the USC TeleCARE platform on your computer or smartphone, click here.

To view the USC TeleCARE Patient User Guide, click here.

The health of our patients is always our top priority. In light of ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, we are taking precautionary steps to ensure the well-being of our patients, staff and visitors.

To view our current hospital visitors policy, click here.

At this critical time, Keck Medicine is asking qualified physicians who are not currently providing clinical care to supplement our current physician workforce, in anticipation of a surge of seriously ill coronavirus patients. If you’re available to help, click here.
Effective immediately, vendors and all other non-essential visitors will not be granted access to our facilities. All meetings scheduled with vendors should take place virtually, via teleconference or on platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. In-person meetings with vendor representatives should not take place, including appointments with medical device representatives.

Important Information From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 from the CDC. For the complete FAQ list, click here.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people can become severely ill. Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions. Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience more than four weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Older people and those who have certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective.

COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.

COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:

  • Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
  • Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
  • Touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.

For more information about how COVID-19 spreads, visit the the CDC’s How COVID-19 Spreads page to learn how COVID-19 spreads and how to protect yourself.

Genetic variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been emerging and circulating around the world throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Viral mutations and variants in the United States are routinely monitored.
Learn more from the CDC about new variants.
Visit the CDC’s How to Protect Yourself and Others page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms — from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19.

The CDC recommends that the following people should be tested for a current infection:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Most people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
  • Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19 symptoms do not need to be tested following an exposure to someone with COVID-19.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • People who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot physically distance as needed to avoid exposure such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded or poorly-ventilated indoor settings.
  • People who have been asked or referred to get tested by their health care provider, or state, tribal, local or territorial health department.

Yes, it is possible. You may test negative, if the sample was collected early in your infection, and test positive later during this illness. You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and get infected then. Even if you test negative, you still should take steps to protect yourself and others. See the CDC’s Testing for Current Infection page, for more information.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Keck Medicine of USC

Rod Hanners, interim CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, will chair a COVID-19 vaccine working group that is principally engaged in developing an evidence-based strategy for the vaccination of USC