December 7 - Updates on COVID-19
Our holiday shopping safety meter shows the least risky way to buy gifts.
TODAY’S CAMPUS UPDATES
COVID testing begins for off-campus students
In accordance with the UCI Executive Directive - Student Testing, non-resident students entering or physically present on UCI-controlled property must now enroll in weekly asymptomatic testing. Visit the Student Health Portal to schedule your weekly testing appointment.
Reminder: UCPath offline starting Wednesday night
UCPath, including UCPath Online, will be down from 10 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Dec. 14 while it transfers to a new hosting platform. During the outage, employees, transactional users and central offices will not be able to view earning statements and W-2s, make address changes, enroll in direct deposit or make benefit selections. If you have any urgent questions during this downtime, call UCI’s Employee Experience Center at 949-824-0500, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit eec.hr.uci.edu.
15 new cases on campus
Eleven students and four employees tested positive for COVID-19 last Thursday and Friday. Weekend cases will be reported this evening and appear in tomorrow’s newsletter. For more info, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
ZotPass now required at Brandywine and The Anteatery
A green ZotPass, which ensures student compliance with the daily symptom check and weekly asymptomatic testing for campus residents, is now required for breakfast and lunch on weekdays.
UCI COVID-19 NEWS AND EVENT
- Examining Racial Realism in the Time of Pandemic, Wednesday, noon
GENERAL COVID-19 NEWS
This section curates noteworthy coronavirus news, trends and opinions. No endorsement by UCI is implied. Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and OC Register for students, faculty and staff.
SoCal stay-at-home order takes effect
On Sunday, the governor imposed new restrictions on Orange County and 10 other counties in the state’s Southern California region.
Some businesses, officials vow to defy shutdown order
Restaurateurs, county sheriffs, winery owners, barbers and others have raised objections to the governor’s latest restrictions.
What’s the science behind the new restrictions?
Experts discuss the pros and cons of various lockdown measures, from closing playgrounds to halting outdoor dining.
The Swiss cheese model of pandemic defense
The more layers that are in place – public and personal – the better, a virologist explains.
HOPE, INSPIRATION, LAUGHTER
Amid the heartbreaking loss of life and economic hardship wrought by the coronavirus, we recognize the need for stories of kindness, hope, courage and humor.
Home for the holidays? “Saturday Night Live” pokes fun at what will happen if kids tell parents they’re not coming home this year.
What have you been up to during the pandemic? Send photos and/or words about your activities, workstation, volunteering or academic adventures to email@example.com or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.