Jan. 4 - COVID testing, well-being services for employees
Framed trees at Social Sciences. Photo by Ian Parker
In this continuing series, UCI experts answer questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.
I’ve been exposed to a family member who tested positive. Should I stay home from work?
UCI students and employees who are close contacts to someone who tested positive should follow campus isolation and quarantine instructions. There are different instructions based on your vaccination status. If you are boosted (or vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible), for example, you do not need to quarantine. Do not wait to be contacted by UCI Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services, the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health or Student Health to begin isolation or quarantine.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
COVID testing sites on campus
UCI has three COVID testing sites on campus, and all offer both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing. Students, faculty and staff may schedule tests by making an appointment on the Student Health Center portal or dropping by the test site. The sites use a supervised, self-administered nasal swab or saliva test that takes about 7-10 minutes, is free to eligible groups on campus, and produces results in 24-48 hours. Testing sites are located at the Student Center, Plaza Verde and the University Club. Check the UCI Forward site for hours of operation. Please note, testing sites are for employees and students only, not for family members.
Free virtual well-being services for employees
During these challenging times, health and well-being is important and vital to the UCI community, as well as to the patients and families we serve. The Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute is launching a well-being initiative to provide support services for our extraordinary caregivers and co-workers. All classes are free and virtual. Classes include:
Mindfulness & Meditation
Guided Acupressure (no contact)
Guided Yoga/Massage (no contact)
Yoga for Well-being
Stress Management Strategies
Biofeedback and Relaxation Techniques
Wellness Education Series
Meet Jon Gould, dean of the School of Social Ecology
Jon B. Gould has started the year in his “dream job” as the new dean of the School of Social Ecology. Gould, a distinguished scholar in justice policy, social change and government reform, has written five books and more than 100 articles on erroneous convictions, indigent defense, prosecutorial innovation, hate speech, sexual harassment and international human rights. Visit this link to see a short video with Gould and read about his favorite things.
Ph.D. student’s dissertation looks at impacts of air pollution in her home neighborhood of Boyle Heights
As a first-generation Latina pursuing her Ph.D. in public health at UCI, Connie Valencia studies health disparities and equity among low-income Latino communities, especially in Southern California.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
New videos: Actors Jaleel White and Akbar Gbajabiamila encourage Black Americans to get vaccinated
Actor and producer Jaleel White and former NFL player and host of “The Talk” and “American Ninja Warrior” Akbar Gbajabiamila host a series of videos to help reduce COVID vaccine hesitancy in Black and African American communities.
New videos: Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz promotes vaccination among Latinos
Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz developed animations and art encouraging Latinos to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Los Angeles-based artist is best known for his contributions as a cultural consultant for “The Casagrandes” on Nickelodeon and the 2017 Pixar movie “Coco.” He is also the creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip “La Cucaracha.” As the principal artist for CovidLatino, his art helps address pervasive vaccine hesitancy and misinformation circulating in California’s Latino communities.
Video: COVID-19 can feel like a common cold
Did you know that the early stages of COVID-19 illness can feel like a common cold or seasonal allergies? Watch this video with California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón to understand the symptoms of COVID-19 and to understand when you should get a COVID test.
UCI IN THE NEWS
Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.
The Orange County Register, Dec. 31
Cited: Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention, Sanghyuk Shin, associate professor of nursing and director of the UCI Infectious Disease Science Initiative, and David Souleles, director of UCI’s COVID-19 response team
Motley Fool, Jan. 3
Cited: Ian Willamson, dean of the Paul Merage School of Business
The Washington Post, Dec. 29
Cited: Cailin O’Connor, philosopher and professor of social sciences
COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
New campus cases
Eighty students and 13 employees reported testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
Upload your vaccine and booster records
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
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.