July 26 - Campus cases edge up, new vaccine rule for state employees
Overlooking UCI Research Park from the Ecological Preserve. Photo by Ian Parker
An uptick in campus cases
During UCI’s 10-week spring quarter, the campus logged a total of 20 COVID-19 cases among student residents and on-campus employees. In week six of summer session, UCI has already tallied 21 cases. The best deterrent remains getting vaccinated (and uploading your completed records).
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
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UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
State employees must prove vaccination or get tested
California officials unveiled a vaccine verification policy that will require employees of the state and all healthcare workers to either get vaccinated or wear masks and undergo regular testing for COVID-19.
When and how will California’s delta surge end?
Although some uncertainty is inevitable, two infectious disease experts felt comfortable predicting four things.
How to persuade vaccine-hesitant friends, family
Experts recommend better listening, a refined message and more patience. “A lot of people are convinced over time from small bits of information that trickle in,” one says.
CDC may reinstate mask rules for vaccinated people
Federal authorities are actively considering recommending vaccinated people wear masks, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Sunday.
Direct Address in Shakespeare Performance
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Shakespeare Center)
UC Wildfire Symposium: Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface
Wednesday, 8 a.m.
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UCI IN THE NEWS
Hong Kong police arrest authors of a children’s book in latest free speech crackdown
PBS NewsHour, July 23 (Video)
Cited: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s professor of history
Masks should be mainstream, LA’s flip-flopping policies erode public trust, says psychologist
KCRW, July 26 (Audio)
Guest: Dr. Sean Young, associate professor of emergency medicine and informatics
Plans to change incentives for rooftop solar draw backlash
The Orange County Register, July 23
Cited: Jack Brouwer, director of UCI’s National Fuel Cell Research Center
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COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
One new campus case
One on-campus employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. No other cases were reported over the weekend. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
Remember to upload your vaccine record
Vaccination is a critical step toward our campus's fall return. Help our community by uploading your vaccine record.
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.
UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates
UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health