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February 23 - Updates on COVID-19

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physical sciences approach
Here’s a recent photo of the evening sky over the new physical sciences approach. Photo submitted by John William Keffer.


Vital need for blood

We need your help! Currently, type O blood is the most essential, but all blood types are needed. UCI Health’s new temporary donor center on the Irvine campus is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The donor center is in the portable building in lot 5. The entrance to lot 5 is at West Peltason and Pereira. Appointments are required.

Reasons to stay on campus for spring break

We understand that many students will want to get away during the weeklong break (March 20-28), but please keep in mind that public health officials still recommend against non-essential travel. We also urge you to consider the impacts that travel could have on reversing the current declines in COVID-19 cases on campus. Resident students who do travel over the break will be required to get a COVID test within 48 hours of their return and to sequester for 10 days.

New campus case*

One student tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.


Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for pregnant women?

With COVID-19 vaccinations now underway in the United States, women who are pregnant, nursing or thinking of conceiving are asking if the vaccines are safe for them and their babies, given that they risk severe complications if they contract the virus. Offering a definitive answer isn’t easy because doctors lack data, says UCI Health obstetrician Dr. Carol A. Major, director of maternal-fetal services at UCI Medical Center.

A message of support for School of Nursing alumni

In this 2-minute video, Assistant Clinical Professor Sarah Campbell shares an encouraging message for nursing alumni that may resonate with other healthcare workers.

Student housing - Academic Excellence Black Scholars House

Watch this 5-minute video from UCI housing featuring student residents describing their experiences living in the Academic Excellence Black Scholars House.

Upcoming events


Fireside chat: President Drake and Yvette Gullatt

Tomorrow, the Black Staff and Faculty Organization will culminate its Black History Month festivities with a special event featuring President Michael V. Drake, M.D., in conversation with Yvette Gullatt, Ph.D., vice provost for Diversity and Engagement and interim vice president for Student Affairs. President Drake will share personal insights about his background, passion for Black music and culture, and vision for advancing equity at UCOP and UC.


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.

‘Partial herd immunity’ emerging, but some challenge value of status

Infection and hospitalization rates are falling dramatically, leading some officials to declare that “partial” herd immunity has been achieved. Some say that as many as one-third of Americans might have already had the virus and call that the indicator of a waning pandemic. Others argue that “partial” herd immunity means very little. Only more complete exposure — upwards of 80-90%, some say — must kick in before society can exhale in the battle against the virus, they contend.

Anaheim Convention Center opening for vaccinations

Orange County’s newest mass vaccination site at the Anaheim Convention Center is set to open today, a day earlier than expected.

California will set aside 10% of vaccine for educators

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state will set aside 10% of all first doses of COVID-19 vaccines for educators and school staff starting March 1.

COVID was spreading in China before first confirmed cases, fresh evidence suggests

New evidence from China is affirming what epidemiologists have long suspected: The coronavirus likely began spreading unnoticed around the Wuhan area in November 2019, before it exploded in multiple different locations throughout the city in December.

L.A. Times launches Spanish edition of its virus tracker

The Los Angeles Times has launched a Spanish-language version of its digital coronavirus tracker, “El coronavirus en California.” Mapping the extent of coronavirus cases in California through an independent, continual survey of dozens of local health agencies across the state, the tracker will publish daily updates and data analysis in Spanish on latimes.com/espanol and in the L.A. Times mobile app.


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.

California mariachis raise funds to help families of musicians who died from COVID

An organization representing hundreds of mariachi musicians in Southern California held a virtual concert to help the families of dozens of its members who lost their lives to COVID-19.

Hundreds are volunteering to escort elderly Asian Americans to help keep them safe

Exhausted by the violence, Jacob Azevedo offered on social media to walk with anyone in Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood to help them feel safe. His idea quickly resonated throughout the community and within days he had nearly 300 volunteers reaching out to join him to protect the community in a project now called Compassion in Oakland.


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.