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May 14, 2020

Check for continuing updates on the COVID-19 situation through USC's online hub for information, the internal website for faculty and staff (sign-in required) and the Keck Medicine of USC page for patients and visitors.

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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USC to celebrate graduating class of 2020 with virtual commencement

In the spirit of adaptability and resilience, the university will honor this year's graduating class with a virtual conferring of degrees, after which each school will host their own virtual celebrations. Click here for an overview of the university's commencement plans, here for a list of specific celebration times for each school and here for a story covering USC School of Pharmacy's commencement plans.

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Covid-19 screening tents: a product of system-wide collaboration

Keck Medicine of USC employees are working extremely hard to respond to these rapidly changing circumstances, even as some locations gradually reopen for elective patient care. The team providing COVID-19 testing from a specialized, outdoor tent is thriving, thanks to teamwork, flexibility and collaboration from colleagues throughout the health care system.

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Caregivers face 'new normal' of mask requirements with enthusiasm

As Keck Medicine begins the calculated process of reopening certain services, some things, such as the organization's commitment to protecting its health care workers as well as patients, will not change. The 'new normal' of social distancing brings with it plenty of adjustments to help protect patients and staffers alike.

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Efforts on the ground: preparing and protecting those on the frontline

Bob Vance is adept at handling crises of all sorts. Over the course of the pandemic, he has made sure the staff and patients at Keck Medicine would have everything they need — including supplies, the latest updates, best practice recommendations, and even morale boosts when needed.

Request for photos

The marketing and communications teams at Keck Medicine and USC still want to continue to recognize campus community members for the way they've adapted and stepped up during these challenging times. Send your work selfies and team photos (no patient photos, please) that show how you and your team are working together for our patients. Stories and photos showing heroism in all its forms at Keck Medicine are especially welcome. All submissions should be sent to hscnews@usc.edu.

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