January 26 - Updates on COVID-19
Claire Trevor Theater. Steve Zylius/UCI.
TODAY'S CAMPUS UPDATES
New campus cases*
Three new employee cases and no new student cases were reported yesterday. The total active case count is currently 75. View the UCI dashboard for additional case count data.
UCI COVID-19 NEWS AND EVENTS
Zot Bubble Policy in Graduate Family Housing
Residents living in Graduate and Family Housing who form their own Zot Bubble, defined as a social bubble that brings together people from different households/apartments at the same time in a single space or place, must comply with the requirements and are strongly encouraged to follow the recommendations.
- Tools to handle COVID-related stress, Jan. 28 at noon (UCI Wellness)
In an extraordinary year, an unwavering commitment to sustainability
A new interactive website allows users to track UC’s progress and explore detailed data about how UC is doing at the systemwide and campus level in areas such as climate protection, zero waste, food and transportation.
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.
The pandemic altered financial behaviors; what to expect to change for good
The COVID-19 pandemic halted some financial behaviors while creating new ones. Some of these trends might unwind in coming months, once vaccines are widely distributed and the health risks subside. But others could endure much longer, possibly becoming permanent fixtures.
CA state pilots website for letting people know when they are eligible for a vaccine
California introduced a new website this week designed to let Californians know when they are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, called Myturn.ca.gov. It is still in its pilot phase.
A California hospital that let teachers get COVID vaccine early may face penalties
Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose gave 65 COVID vaccines to employees in the affluent Los Gatos Union School District. The incident is now being investigated as a back door way to reopen schools.
California officials reveal more details of homegrown coronavirus mutation
California officials revealed more details about the new homegrown coronavirus strain that could be partly responsible for a sharp uptick of cases and deaths in the state. The California mutation — said to be in the same “family tree” as the UK variant — has now been reported in 456 cases across the Golden State.
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.
A teenager saved her family when they lost their sense of smell from Covid-19 and didn’t realize their house was on fire
“I started smelling burnt plastic. That’s when I got more alert and I ran outside of my room,” Bianca said. “I couldn’t even pass the hallway because it was filled with so much smoke.”
I was one of the lucky ones to be able to get an appointment for my 1st vaccine shot last Friday. There are not enough words to explain how efficient, friendly and seamless the process was. I am most grateful to all involved, (from the parking lot greeters and all the staff each step of the way, to the sanitizing crew in the tent) for their willingness to be there for us.
Aileen R Ledwidge Broccardo
UCI Retiree 2018
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* Potential workplace exposure: UCI provides this notification of a potential workplace COVID-19 exposure. Employees and subcontractors who were in these locations on the dates listed may have been exposed to the coronavirus. You may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and University-specific policies and agreements. The full notification is available on the UCI Forward site. If you have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case, the UCI Contact Tracing Program will contact you and provide additional direction.