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June 21 - Updates on COVID-19

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blooming jacarandas

Early summer at UCI means blooming jacarandas. Photo by Ian Parker


Updates on face coverings and gatherings

The Executive Directive on face coverings now states that fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks on UCI-controlled property, except under certain circumstances. The directive on gatherings has been rescinded, as has the Grad Gatherings policy.

No new campus cases*

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


Upcoming events


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.


Border vaccination plan starts in Baja with US-donated shots 

Baja California has started administering more than 1.3 million Johnson & Johnson single shots donated to Mexico by the U.S. as part of a strategy that could lead to the reopening of the border.

What to know about California’s digital vaccine cards

According to the state technology workers who created it, the digital record is simply a free tool for navigating a world in which you may be asked to show that you’ve been inoculated against COVID-19.

California finally has rules for returning to the office 

The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved the guidance Thursday, and Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order almost immediately after the decision to allow the revisions to take effect without the typical 10-day waiting period and review by the state Office of Administrative Law.

L.A.’s COVID-19 death rate now lower than Bay Area

In a sign of its dramatic recovery, L.A. County reported about two COVID-19 deaths a day over the past week, down from a peak of 241 in January.


Bring the 'dad jokes,' we need 'em. (Warning: This story contains actual dad jokes)

Father's Day is over, but dad jokes are year-round.


A letter to UCI staff from a UCI student

“Dear UCI staff member,

I want to say thank you for everything you do for UCI. I truly appreciate all of the work you have put in over the past year. I know this year has been difficult for everyone, but I hope that you had some happy moments as well. Deciding to come to UCI last year definitely was a happy moment for me. So thank you for everything you have done to make my first year at college memorable!

Best wishes,

A UCI freshman”

The All-truism project, which is supported through a Barnes & Noble College Scholarship, aims to create connections through community, compassion and the creative arts. In this series, Anteaters write letters to faculty and staff.

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.