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May 24 - Updates on COVID-19

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A row of seven hospital wrist bands in the colors of the rainbow. Colors in left to right: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and gray

A wristband rainbow made from the daily COVID screening bracelets given to UCI Health clinic and hospital employees. Dr. Tan Nguyen, associate clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine, titles his photo “Finding the rainbow...7 days a week” and says the colors “brought me some joy going into the hospital during crazy COVID times.”


No weekend campus cases*

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


Decoding vaccine hesitancy

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In a new episode of the UCI Podcast, Suellen Hopfer, assistant professor of public health, discusses research on the “five universal reasons” why people hesitate to get inoculated “across all vaccines, across all countries.” Then she delves into COVID vaccine hesitancy in Orange County. A transcript of the conversation is available at the link. 

Vote UCI Medical Center for ‘Best in O.C.’ 

The Orange County Register’s annual Best of Orange County people’s choice contest is underway. To cast a ballot for UCIMC as best hospital:

  • Visit ocregister.com/voteocbest 

  • Click the “Next” button at the bottom of this page and the following page (“Places to Go + Do”) to reach the “Shopping & Services” category page. Then scroll to the “Health: Hospital” field and type “UCI Medical Center”

  • Continue clicking the “Next” button through each category 

  • Enter your name and email, then click “Done.” Nominations are due by May 28


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 JournalOC Register and Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Air travel over weekend nearly back to 2019 level

Air travel hit a new pandemic high over the weekend. Numbers from the Transportation Security Administration show it screened 90% of the people it screened on the equivalent day in 2019, before the pandemic.  

State to require vaccine proof at large indoor venues

People will either have to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test before being allowed to enter large indoor venues like the Honda Center after the June 15 statewide reopening.

NYC to eliminate remote learning this fall

The nation’s largest public school system will no longer have a remote option this fall. New Jersey’s governor made a similar announcement last week. And other cities and states are debating the issue.


Ducklings follow their mom through Minnesota school

In this cute TV news video, a fowl family continues a tradition that began 20 years ago at the elementary school.

Together again: Watch Americans reunite

Hugs, dancing, shouts of joy and other celebrations are captured in scenes from across the nation.


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.