February 19 - Updates on COVID-19
Friendly reminder. Mask up, Anteaters.
TODAY'S CAMPUS UPDATES
New campus cases*
Two students and one campus employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
UCI COVID-19 NEWS AND EVENTS
UCI-CHOC origami mask project gets some national attention
The collaborative UCI Face Mask Project has led to the creation of a highly effective and inexpensive face covering that takes its cues from origami – the Japanese art of paper folding – and doesn’t require any sewing.
Digital journal about relationships under lockdown features global perspectives
The International Center for Writing and Translation has produced an online magazine on the theme of “Intimacy During Lockdown,” with essays, poems and artwork from contributors of all ages and backgrounds. The ICWT offers this collection as a gift to all who have continued to teach, learn, serve and love during this difficult time.
- Taxation in a Time of Crisis, Monday, 8 a.m.
- Managing Staff through Stressful Situations, Tuesday, 11 a.m. (Sponsored by UCI Human Resources)
- COVID-19 Panel: Experts Address Current Conditions, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Friday Fun Fact
Top employer: The University of California employs approximately 230,000 faculty, academics and staff, making it the third-largest employer in California.
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.
Orange County temporarily closes mass vaccination sites
Shipment disruptions caused by the severe cold weather gripping much of the country are causing closures at mass vaccination sites in Orange County. The Disneyland Super POD in Anaheim, set up in one of the theme park’s parking lots, closed Thursday and will remain closed through Monday, pending delivery of more COVID-19 vaccine shots.
California makes it easier for high school sports to resume
Counties and school districts can start planning for multiple sports immediately if certain health conditions and safety protocols are met. The state health agency adjusted its colored tier system to allow outdoor, high-contact sports such as football, water polo and soccer to be played in the less restrictive red or purple tiers.
Newsom proposes $9.6 billion relief program for restaurants, workers
Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators reached a massive economic relief package yesterday that has big implications for small businesses and workers. The state’s proposed $9.6-billion COVID-19 relief plan is a combination of actions and funds designed to assist low-income residents, restaurants and bars, and undocumented workers experiencing hardship during the pandemic.
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.
UK’s chief mouser celebrates 10 years on the prowl
Larry the cat, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, has loyally served as Britain’s rat-catcher for a decade. The former stray has worked under three prime ministers and even met former President Barack Obama. “His rags to riches tale is yet more proof of why all animals deserve a second chance – one minute they may be an overlooked stray on the streets, the next they could become one of the nation’s beloved political figures, with fans around the world,” says the head of cattery of Battersea.
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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.