University of California, Irvine

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at UCI

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March 21, 2020

Dear UCI Community:

Last night, we were informed that a non-student resident of UCI’s campus family housing tested positive for COVID-19. The individual returned from an international trip with symptoms and has been resting comfortably in good condition.

In accordance of health privacy laws, we cannot disclose the identity or personal information regarding the individual. We have coordinated with the Orange County Health Care Agency and been in touch with those who may have been exposed through contact.

The risk to the general campus population remains low. As testing becomes more available in the coming weeks, it is likely that we will become aware of additional positive cases within the UCI community. In addition to directly notifying anyone who may be exposed through contact, moving forward, we will notify the campus community through the COVID-19 Latest Updates emails and as aggregate information at UCI’s Coronavirus Information Hub. 

As we begin spring break, we remain diligent in our efforts to keep our community safe. Remote learning for Spring quarter is underway and large gatherings have been canceled. Our social-distancing efforts will help our community “flatten the curve” and deploy vital health care resources to those who need it most.

This situation, both locally and globally, continues to evolve. Please refer to our Coronavirus website for important information and updates. You may also contact our Coronavirus Response Center at 949-824-9918 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or covid19@uci.edu if you have any questions or comments.

We understand that the uncertainty and seriousness of this pandemic may cause distress and anxiety for many of us. Assistance is available for those who need it. For students, our counseling center continues to provide services remotely; faculty and staff may use the services of our employee assistance program.

It’s important that we remain diligent in preventing the spread of the virus. Please remember to wash your hands well, cover your mouth with your elbow, stay home if you’re sick, and disinfect surfaces, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We will continue to keep our community updated as new developments occur. In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your loved ones. Your health and security are our primary concern.

Stay Well,

Albert S. Chang, MD, MPH 
Medical Director, UCI Student Health Center