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April 14 - Updates on COVID-19

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Will getting the COVID-19 vaccine make me test positive if I am tested after being vaccinated?

No. Vaccination will not cause you to test positive on virus screenings. However, the vaccine will cause a positive result on certain antibody tests (also called serology tests) because the vaccine helps build COVID-19 antibodies. #SleevesUpUCI #UCIForward


Update on UCI Libraries

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that enables UCI students, faculty and staff to borrow materials from other libraries. When the UC system was in the purple and red tiers, all ILL units closed and lending/borrowing ceased. Now that we are in the orange tier, ILL staff are just now coming back on site in a limited capacity and have begun processing items that UCI patrons have returned this past year.

No new campus cases*

No student residents or on-campus employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.


UCI Health launches program to address long-term COVID-19 effects

UCI Health has launched an outpatient treatment program to address prolonged COVID-19 symptoms and complications experienced by an estimated 10% to 30% of people long after their initial illness. The new UCI Health COVID Recovery Service at outpatient offices in Tustin and Costa Mesa provides these patients with a comprehensive evaluation, referral to specialists, follow-up care and monitoring throughout the course of the patient’s recovery.

Leading the arts through a pandemic: music’s Ph.D. students

Claire Trevor School of the Arts dean Stephen Barker sits down with Joao Martins and Omar Costa Hamido to discuss their experiences in two unique Ph.D. programs in the Music department. Martins is continuing his study of traditional Brazilian music in contemporary culture through the History and Theory of Music Ph.D. program. Hamido is in his final year of the Integrative Composition, Improvisation and Technology Ph.D. program and is currently completing his thesis on quantum computing and music composition.


Here for you: UC mental health resources

Between the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, a contentious federal election and the day-to-day stressors of our new “normal” life, it’s been a tough year. If you’ve been feeling anxious or depressed, UC resources can help.


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 TimesWall Street Journal and OC Register for students, faculty and staff.

California pauses J&J vaccine on U.S. recommendation

California state officials directed counties and other providers on Tuesday to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as recommended by the federal government as agencies examine a possible and rare side effect that can cause blood clots.

OC health care agency statement on J&J vaccine

The County of Orange has removed the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from all its vaccination POD sites until further notice from the CDC. The County’s vaccination PODs will continue to dispense the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to individuals with appointments.

College campuses feeling fallout from J&J interruption

The interruption of the Johnson & Johnson vaccination could have a significant impact on college students, who were key targets for getting one shot before leaving school at the end of the spring semester.

FDA: Decision to OK Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds could be made ‘in a couple of weeks’

A decision on whether to extend emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to people ages 12 to 15 could be made in “a couple of weeks,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the US FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said Tuesday

Only one county left in purple tier as California reopenings continue

Only one county remains in the strictest section of California’s reopening road map, a heartening sign of progress in the battle against the coronavirus as businesses and other public spaces continue wider reopenings. The lone remaining denizen of the purple tier is Merced County, according to state data released Tuesday.


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.

Man helps birds and at-risk youth take flight

Falconry -- the ancient sport of capturing juvenile birds (who often die before maturity) and helping them survive to adulthood when they can take care of themselves -- mirrored Rodney Stotts’ own experiences on the streets during the crack epidemic. Now it informs his mission to help at-risk youth avoid the kind of lifestyle that nearly killed him.

One of only 30 licensed Black falconers in the US, Stotts helps kids in various institutions, schools, and his own falconry program open their minds to the possibilities of what life can offer, including a nature-related career.


Jim Bizzell, carpenter at facilities management, gets vaccinated at UCI.

Jim Bizzell, carpenter at facilities management, gets vaccinated at UCI.

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 COVID-19 vaccination, 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.