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February 26 - Updates on COVID-19

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Share you COVID-19 experiences

It’s been almost a year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. As the March 11 anniversary approaches, we’d like to hear your most memorable stories, lessons and experiences. Please send any memories and/or photos you’d like us to consider publishing to marketing@uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


One new campus case*

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


Upcoming events


UCPath has made it easier to find the employment verification

With the vaccine rollout requiring employment verification, UCPath has created a helpful shortcut in the form of a bright pink banner at the top of the page.

Friday Fun Fact

ROI: Across disciplines, undergraduate degree recipients tend to double their earnings between two and 10 years after graduation.


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 receives more than 83,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines

After appointments were canceled last week due to vaccine shipment delays caused by winter storms seen across the nation, Orange County has received more than 83,000 additional COVID-19 vaccine doses. As of Thursday, about 261,585 Orange County residents have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

U.S. FDA to discuss Johnson & Johnson vaccine today

Today, the U.S. FDA are meeting to discuss the potential emergency authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson. If approved, the vaccine could start to roll out early next week.

Governor Newsom unveils new plan to vaccinate 75,000 teachers a week

Yesterday, Governor Newsom outlined a plan to vaccinate 75,000 teachers a week starting in March in an effort to reopen schools. The state will host targeted drives for education staff at two mass vaccination sites in Los Angeles and Oakland.


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.

Cat that vanished 15 years ago is reunited with owner

After going astray as a 2-month-old kitten, Brandy, a brown tabby, has returned older and wiser.

She needed a vaccine appointment before open-heart surgery. Then she found one on Nextdoor.

A 68-year-old woman was scheduled to have open-heart surgery in late February. Although her cardiologist strongly advised she get the vaccine before the procedure, finding access to one was proving impossible. Then a stranger offered his spot for an appointment that same morning.


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.