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Isabella Hauptman Valedictorian
Isabella Hauptman plans to continue her studies at USC, where she will obtain her master‘s degree in applied biostatistics and epidemiology from the Keck School of Medicine of USC‘s Department of Preventive Medicine. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Valedictorian Isabella Hauptman focuses on health in ways big and small

Since she was 11 years old, Isabella Hauptman wanted to be an epidemiologist. Now, as she prepares to graduate during the COVID-19 pandemic, USC’s 2020 valedictorian sees that field becoming more important than ever.

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Covid antibody testing results
Based on the results of the first round of testing, the research team estimates that approximately 4.65% of the county’s adult population has an antibody to the virus. (Photo/Kit Karzen)

Early antibody testing suggests COVID-19 infections in L.A. County greatly exceed documented cases

USC and L.A. County Department of Public Health officials have released the preliminary results of their antibody tests, which show a surprising number of residents have been infected with the coronavirus.

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COVID-19 L.A. County vulnerable populations
Vulnerable populations are likely to bear the brunt of the coronavirus, making identifying and distributing resources to these groups essential to stopping the virus’ spread in L.A. County. (Graphic/Courtesy of Esri; U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2014-18 5-year estimates, Table B09008, B09021)

How will COVID-19 impact L.A. County’s most vulnerable communities?

A new USC Dornsife analysis of marginalized communities in Los Angeles County reveals who will be hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, including seniors and undocumented workers.