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Feb. 8 - Prevent Zoombombing, COVID testing reminder

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View from Student Center bridge looking toward Aldrich Park and Ring Road. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI

View from Student Center bridge looking toward Aldrich Park and Ring Road. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI

UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS

Weekly COVID-19 testing reminder

In accordance with the UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or booster eligible but not yet boosted and who are entering or physically present on UCI-controlled property must undergo weekly testing. This requirement also applies to those who have an approved exemption, exception or deferral. Students, faculty and staff may schedule a test from the campus testing site by making an appointment on the Student Health Center portal or by dropping by the test site. View the testing locations and schedule. Students and employees who fail to comply with COVID-19 testing requirements are subject to disciplinary action.

Grad students who are also employees

Graduate students who work on campus must be sure to upload their COVID-19 vaccine and booster documentation in both the Student Health portal and the employee Occupational Health portal. Because these two systems are independent from one another, uploading to one does not automatically update the other. Please be sure to put your record into both systems to be considered policy compliant.

Prevent Zoombombing

Zoombombing occurs when a Zoom meeting link is exploited or hacked by bad actors seeking to disrupt meetings with inappropriate images, video and other disruptive content. Nearly all Zoombombing incidents can be prevented if the host configures Zoom settings appropriately for the meeting format. Public meetings and classes require a different list of Zoom security settings than collaborative team meetings. Visit UCI’s Zoom Help Center to get familiar with key settings before or at the start of your Zoom Meeting.

Antihistamines show promise treating ‘long COVID’

The effects of COVID-19 on individuals range from mild symptoms to several weeks of illness to ailments including brain fog, joint pain, exercise intolerance and fatigue that last for months after the initial infection. The clinical term for these lingering COVID-19 effects is post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2, for which there is no standard treatment. Antihistamines may provide relief, according to a case report co-authored by UCI nursing scholars.

UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS

California to lift indoor mask mandate

California will end its indoor masking requirement for vaccinated people next week but masks still are the rule for schoolchildren, state health officials announced. After Feb. 15, unvaccinated people still will be required to be masked indoors, and everyone — vaccinated or not — will have to wear masks in higher-risk areas like public transit and nursing homes and other congregate living facilities.

*UCI’s universal indoor masking requirement and Executive Directive are still in place. Masking requirements are being evaluated and the campus will be notified if there are changes.

EVENTS

California Stories of Hope: Advancing Social Justice Through Student Success
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. (sponsored by UCI)

Gratitude: A Skill for Happier Living
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Tidy Data: Data Organization with Spreadsheets
Thursday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Libraries)

Conversation Kitchen: "Jane Austen's Tea Table,"
Thursday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations)

Music Lecture Series: Benjamin Korstvedt
Thursday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

Mental Health in a Time of Pandemic
Thursday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Center for Medical Humanities)

A Journey through the Holocaust
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Libraries)

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.

UCI IN THE NEWS

UC Irvine gets $55M for center on depression research

AP, Feb. 7
Cited: Michael Stamos, dean of the School of Medicine, Pramod Khargonekar, vice chancellor for research, Frank LaFerla, dean of the School of Biological Sciences, Tom Vasich, spokesman

Exhibit visiting UCI looks at ‘Americans and the Holocaust’

The Orange County Register, Feb. 7
Cited: Jack Langson Library

Supreme Court lets GOP-drawn Alabama congressional map that critics say dilutes power of Black voters stay in place

CNN, Feb. 8
Cited: Rick Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law

COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES

Ten new cases reported

On Monday, UCI recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19: eight students and two employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Upload your vaccine and booster records

Student Record Upload

Employee Record Upload

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.