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.

Jan. 18 - Employee test kits available, mega-events guide updated

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BC’s Cavern on the Green. Photo by Ian Parker

BC’s Cavern on the Green. 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.

With the omicron variant, if you are not symptomatic then are you still contagious?

Yes, infected people can transmit the virus that causes COVID-19 even if they do not have any symptoms. That is why it is so important that if you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of symptoms, you follow the isolation guidelines on the UCI Forward page to break the chain of infection and reduce the spread of COVID-19.


Two additional at-home COVID-19 tests offered to campus employees

UCI has managed to secure additional at-home COVID-19 antigen tests for distribution to campus employees. You may pick up two additional tests today through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., while supplies last. The tests can be picked up at the kiosk just off West Peltason Drive between Campus Drive and Pereira Drive, adjacent to the Mesa Court housing parking lot. Please follow on-site directional signage.

Student housing updates

For resident students who have not yet returned to campus, please note these important take-aways. Plan to return to campus at least seven days prior to your first in-person class in order to complete required testing. Before your return to campus, complete a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to your return date.

Mega-events guide

The Reference Guide containing instructions on how to regulate entry for indoor events that exceed 500 people (including spectators, participants, event organizers and staff in a single location) has been updated. Please visit the Environmental Health & Safety website to see the updated guide.


Government launches free test website

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four free at-home tests from USPS.com. Visit this link to learn more and fill out the form to place your order.

Fraud alert: COVID-19 scams

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to COVID-19. Reports are surfacing about pop-up testing operations that may be unlicensed and out to scam people. Beware of testing sites that ask for Social Security numbers or other data designed to collect personal information as these are illegitimate sites. Report fraud by calling the Office of Inspector General at 800-447-8477 or online.


Doubling the Climate Benefit: Turning California's Waste Into Hydrogen While Removing CO2 from the Air
Thursday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by School of Physical Sciences)

Politics of Language Speaker Series: Dr. Jonathan Alexander
Thursday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Center for Excellence in Writing and Communications)

Beyond the Campus/Community Split: A Conversation on Effective Partnerships
Thursday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Humanities Center)

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.


Opinion: 54 years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to Orange County

The Orange County Register, Jan. 17 (opinion)
Author: Douglas M. Haynes, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion

Californians asked not to use strained ERs for virus testing

AP, Jan. 14
Cited: Dr. Chris Fox, chair of emergency medicine at UCI Medical Center

Quotation of the Day: Worries in China That Population May Soon Shrink

The New York Times, Jan. 18
Cited: Wang Feng, professor of sociology


A future Anteater picture posted on Instagram

A future Anteater posted on UC Irvine’s Instagram.

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


275 new campus cases

Since last Thursday, 231 confirmed student cases and 44 confirmed employee cases were reported. 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.