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December 7 - Updates on COVID-19

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shopping safety

Our holiday shopping safety meter shows the least risky way to buy gifts.


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 eec@uci.edu 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.


Upcoming events


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 TimesWall 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.


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 marketing@uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.