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Jan. 12 - Student COVID-19 tests, booster deadline looms

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Leaf me alone: Tuesday was a good time for mortals and ’bots to plow through leaves near the School of Humanities. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI

Ask the expert

In this continuing series, UCI experts answer questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.

If my COVID-19 test is negative do I need to upload it to the Student Health portal?

Students who receive a negative result to a COVID-19 test taken off campus or to an antigen test do not need to upload it to the Student Health portal. However, students who receive a positive result to a COVID-19 test should upload it to the Student Health portal. If it is an antigen test, please write your name and test date on your test, take a picture and upload.

Employees who receive a positive result from a COVID-19 test taken off campus should go to https://www.hr.uci.edu/reportcovid/.


Student deadline to upload booster information is Jan. 31

This is a reminder for eligible students to get their COVID-19 booster doses and upload the record by Jan. 31 to the Student Health portal. You are eligible if:

  • It has been at least five months since your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (before Aug. 31, 2021), or
  • It is at least two months past your Johnson & Johnson vaccine (before Nov. 30, 2021)

Those who become eligible after Jan. 31 must be boosted and upload their documentation no more than 15 days after they are eligible.

UCI Lunar New Year celebrations canceled ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Because of the highly contagious omicron variant, the School of Social Sciences is canceling this year’s Lunar New Year celebrations at UCI. “The Year of the Tiger is complicated: The tiger is fierce and brave when facing adversity and helps expunge the world of evil. But the tiger also has to be humble lest its powerful personality get the better of it. So too we approach the new year with humility,” reads a message from School of Social Sciences Dean Bill Maurer and Brian T. Hervey, vice chancellor, University Advancement and Alumni Relations and president, UCI Foundation. The message includes links to submit photos and videos of you and your loved ones celebrating the Lunar New Year and download Year of the Tiger Zoom backgrounds.

UCI-led research may help refine prostate cancer treatment

The team discovered a molecular feature that distinguishes the ancestral differences of those with prostate cancer and may help physicians determine how aggressive treatment should be in individual cases. Findings from the study were published in the journal Cancers.


One in 10 dockworkers at Southern California ports can’t work due to COVID

The omicron variant is threatening to make the historical backlog at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles —  the largest such facilities in the U.S. — even worse. About 800 dockworkers were unable to work this week because of COVID-19 related issues. The Pacific Maritime Association says that the number of daily worker infections escalated from a few cases a day to about 150 a day last week.

COVID was again the leading cause of death among U.S. law enforcement in 2021

Last year was the deadliest for active-duty law enforcement in nearly a century, with COVID-19 identified as the leading cause of death for the second year in a row. Some 458 local, state, tribal and federal officers died in the line of duty in 2021, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum. That’s the highest total number since 1930.

The White House will distribute 10 million more COVID tests per month to schools

With schools across the country struggling to deal with a surge of coronavirus cases from the omicron variant, the White House today announced it is increasing their supply of free COVID-19 tests. President Biden and others in his administration insist schools should stay open for in-person learning, even with the omicron wave making it harder than ever to manage.

A guide on when to test, what kind to use and what your results mean

There is a lot of confusion about testing and a lot of frequently asked questions. Here are some answers to queries you might have about COVID-19 tests.


Terrance Hayes: A Reading and Conversation
Friday, noon (sponsored by UCI Illuminations)

UC Esports Initiative Invitational
Friday-Sunday, noon (sponsored by UCEI)

How to Find a Part-Time Job
Friday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Career Pathways)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Panel Discussion: What Would Reparations Look Like?
Friday, 1:15 p.m. (sponsored by School of Law)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Pandemic stress impairs the brain’s interlocking tree branches. You can restore them

KCRW (audio), Jan. 11
Guest: Michael Yassa, professor and Chancellor’s Fellow of Neurology and director of the UCI Brain Initiative and Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Demand for OC Senior Programs Surges During COVID-19, Pointing to a Bigger Problem Ahead

Voice of OC, Jan 12
Cited: Sara Mednick, professor of cognitive science

The thick of it: Delving into the neglected global impacts of human waste

Mongabay, Jan. 11
Cited: Joleah Lamb, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology


125 new campus cases

Eighteen employees and 107 students were reported having tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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.