UCI Forward

UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

Aug. 30 - City enlists UCI researchers; faculty questions answered

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Ready for selfies, a wall by Engineering Hall. Photo by Ian Parker

Ready for selfies, a wall by Engineering Hall. Photo by Ian Parker

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Each day, a UCI expert will answer one of your questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.

In this one-minute video, Dr. Susan Huang, director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health, discusses what it might take, beyond the full FDA approval that Pfizer just received, for some vaccine-hesitant people to feel safe getting the shots.

Answers to faculty questions about fall instruction

What support systems are available to students with an exception to attend class remotely? Is it possible to find out if students are unvaccinated? These and other questions are addressed on UCI’s fall quarter resources website. Faculty also have flexibility in determining what in-person instruction entails.


Santa Ana gives UCI $700K to tackle health inequities

Researchers from the Program in Public Health and the School of Medicine have received $700,000 from the City of Santa Ana to address inequities and gaps in health services among vulnerable groups.

Long COVID: ‘People are suffering and losing hope’

Two associate nursing professors are part of a nationwide study on long-term COVID-19 symptoms. “We are learning a lot from patient stories, including what is helping them,” says Melissa D. Pinto.

Tick tock: Vaccination proof due Sept. 6

The deadline to upload your vaccination verification or submit an exception or deferral request is now just one week away. Those who don’t comply will be subject to escalating disciplinary measures.

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COVID cases rise for kids, but parents should relax, experts say

UCI epidemiologist Andrew Noymer and other UC experts say hospitalizations and deaths are low and there’s little cause to worry at this time. Pediatrics chair Dr. Coleen K. Cunningham adds, ​​”Parents can help by supporting masks in schools and other indoor facilities, encouraging their children to wear masks correctly at all times, and seeking medical care and testing if the child does develop symptoms.”


Hula Hoop: Is It Good Exercise?

U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 27
Cited: James W. Hicks, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology

History taught the Fed a lesson. Will that be enough?

CNN, Aug. 27
Cited: Gary Richardson, economics professor

YouTube’s Plan to Showcase Credible Health Information Is Flawed, Experts Warn

Scientific American, Aug. 27
Cited: Sven Bernecker, philosophy professor


One new campus case over weekend

One on-campus employee and no on-campus students tested positive for COVID-19 from Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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.

For COVID-19 questions

UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health

UCI Health COVID-19 FAQs

UCI Coronavirus Response Center - available at covid19@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at contacttracing@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-2300

Program in Public Health chatline - answers to questions about COVID-19

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.