June 25 - Updates on COVID-19
Langson Library surrounded by trees. Photo by Ian Parker
TODAY’S CAMPUS UPDATES
COVID-19 testing closures
Testing at the Division of Continuing Education Yosemite Room will be closed on June 28 and July 3, 5 and 13. Scheduled appointments will be moved to another date and time.
No Monday newsletter
In observance of the UC system’s Juneteenth holiday, this newsletter will take Monday off and return Tuesday.
No new campus cases*
No student residents or on-campus employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
UCI COVID-19 NEWS AND EVENTS
Fieldwork for a better future
At Loma Ridge, near the 241 toll road, UCI scientists are studying how plant and microbial ecosystems will respond to increasingly severe droughts and hotter temperatures driven by climate change.
- COVID Research Fund Virtual Symposium, Tuesday at 9 a.m. (sponsored by the Office of Research)
Friday fun fact
Teaching California: UC alumni work in K-12 schools in every county, except Alpine.
UC Health delivered $3.9 billion in community benefits for the 2019-2020 fiscal year
Examples of community benefits include free or discounted health services, unreimbursed costs for care to Medi-Cal recipients, health professions education, subsidized health services, research, and financial or in-kind support for non-profit community organizations.
GENERAL COVID-19 NEWS
White House announces new incentives to boost youth vaccination rates
The White House on Thursday announced a number of new incentives from the private sector as it looks to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among young people, a group it has specifically targeted as a high-priority demographic.
The Delta variant’s biggest danger: ‘A pandemic of unvaccinated people’
The rise of the Delta variant of the coronavirus is focusing new attention on the dangers still posed for people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
3 in 5 Californians now at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19
Three in five Californians, or 60.5%, have now received at least one dose of COVID vaccine, federal figures show — the latest milestone in the state’s rollout.
Most coronavirus cases were undetected in pandemic’s early months
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health who studied blood samples from across the United States have discovered that for every coronavirus infection recorded during the spring and summer of 2020, nearly five more went undetected — amounting to nearly 17 million additional cases by July 2020.
Is the contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus a threat to O.C.?
When asked whether the county is concerned with the new Delta variant, Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, Orange County deputy health officer, said the county is still assessing the issue and is waiting on more data, including from hospitals.
HOPE, INSPIRATION, LAUGHTER
Woman discovers a message in a bottle from 1926 while diving
The bottle contained a paper scroll with a message dated November 1926: "Will the person who finds this bottle return this paper to George Morrow Cheboygan, Michigan and tell where it was found?" Jennifer Dowker shared her incredible find on social media and it went viral beyond her wildest dreams.
While Morrow died in 1995, someone who saw the post was able to relay the message to Morrow's daughter, who said that saving a message in a bottle was exactly something "her father would have done."
“To a valuable UCI staff member,
Throughout this pandemic, you had to adjust to a completely new teaching environment. This brought with it many challenges, but you worked through every single one. Your work as an educator has not gone unseen.
The All-truism project (@alltruism_uci on Instagram), 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 email@example.com or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.