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February 8 - Updates on COVID-19

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Bird taking flight.

We have liftoff. Photo by Dr. Dan M. Cooper


Summer Quarter: Staying remote

UCI will continue with mostly remote undergraduate instruction this summer. For details and guidance about exceptions, visit UCI Forward.

4 new campus cases over weekend*

From Friday to Sunday, four student residents and zero campus employees tested positive for COVID-19. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.


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.

Schools set to reopen in Chicago, NYC

While many California schools remain shuttered, classes in the Windy City could begin reopening this week, and New York City middle schools are scheduled to resume Feb. 25.

U.K. variant spreading rapidly in America, study says

The more contagious version of the virus is outcompeting other mutant strains in the U.S. and doubling its prevalence among confirmed infections every week and a half, according to new research made public Sunday.

Vaccine shortages should ease in next two months

Dr. Anthony Fauci expects vaccine manufacturing and supplies to escalate by March and April.

Is it fair to compare pandemic deaths to WWII fatalities?

Should a politically driven world war and a biologically driven pandemic, more than seven decades apart, be put side by side? NPR examines the issue.


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.

Satire: Fauci warns against celebrations of Bach cantata anniversary

On the heels of fears about a Super Bowl COVID surge, the Onion cooks up another super spreader event: large-scale celebrations of the February 1708 release of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Gott Ist Mein König.”

Best Super Bowl commercial?

There were plenty of good ads to pick from, but this one with comedian (and Irvine native) Will Ferrell is a contender for the top slot.


If you have a shoutout, or if you’d like to share what you’ve been up to during the pandemic, send photos and/or words about your activities, workstation, volunteering, etc., to marketing@uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


* 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.