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February 17 - Updates on COVID-19

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Yep. Even if you had COVID-19, you should still get the shots, which offer longer immunity. However, you should NOT receive the vaccine while you are sick. Wait until after you recover. #ThisIsOurShot #UCIForward


Two new campus cases*

Two students and no employees tested positive for COVID on Tuesday. The number of active campus cases was 16. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.


UCI vaccine town hall set for Feb. 25

Mark your calendar for next Thursday, Feb. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon for a vaccine webinar and Q&A with top UCI Health Affairs experts.

UCI pharmacists on the front lines

After nearly a year of working behind the scenes in COVID-19 research and education, pharmacists are moving into the spotlight as they help to distribute and administer vaccines.


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.

OC virus numbers improve again, putting red tier within sight

For now, the county remains in the most restrictive purple tier, but its metrics have improved for five straight weeks.

New map shows which California school districts are open

The map was released by state officials on Friday. An interactive version lets viewers see which grade levels are in-person vs. hybrid vs. remote. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal chronicles nationwide feuds between parents and teachers over school reopenings. And, in Northern California, parents chipped in for an Amber Alert-style billboard that says, “Missing: All CA Students, last seen 3/13/20.”

Closed California museums struggle

While museums in many large cities and states have reopened, those in California remain shuttered. Statewide, the estimated revenue losses for 2020 were more than $5 billion, including from science centers, zoos and aquariums.

Europe’s pandemic debt is dizzying. Who will pay?

As government debts soar to levels not seen since World War II, some worry about long-term economic fallout. The Wall Street Journal has also weighed in on the topic, saying “Europe froze its economy in place. The thaw could be ugly,” and contrasting it with the U.S. approach.


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.

The bizarre tale of the tourist who thought Maine was San Francisco

SFGate.com recounts the amusing and delightful 1977 story of a German brewery worker who mistakenly exited his plane during a layover in Maine and thought he was in California. Several days later, after a local newspaper article about his error, he became an international celebrity and was feted with gifts, parties, marriage proposals and other surprises.


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.