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Feb. 11 - Face covering guidance, protocluster discovery

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You Zot this, Rams: Peter T. Anteater may have befriended the Super Bowl MMXXII champion’s mascot when he posed with Rampage during Rams training camps at UCI.

You Zot this, Rams: Peter T. Anteater may have befriended the Super Bowl MMXXII champion’s mascot when he posed with Rampage during Rams training camps at UCI. (Here is another training camp memory.) Photo from Twitter.com/PeterTAnteater


UCI face covering guidance remains in place

Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 16, updated state guidance will require indoor masking only for unvaccinated individuals, with universal masking only required in specified settings. However, David M. Souleles, director of the COVID-19 Response Team, explains why UCI’s executive directive on face coverings — which requires universal masking in all indoor settings on university property — will remain in place until further notice.

UCI, UC Riverside astronomers discover galactic protocluster in early universe

An international team of astronomers, including researchers from UCI and UC Riverside, has discovered a massive cluster of young galaxies forming in the early universe. If you’d like to visit this particular protocluster, pack a really big lunch as it is about 11.8 billion light-years away from Earth.


Friday fun fact

Timely progress: Health professional and clinical science graduate students were most likely to not have COVID-19 affect their time to degree.

Orange County’s COVID-19 transmission rate remains high as state mask mandate set to expire next week

Health officials are asking OC residents to continue following health protocols as transmission rates remain high. This comes as the state’s mask mandate is set to expire for vaccinated people. Scientists and health officials are concerned about the contagiousness of a new sublineage.


Self Compassion and Mindfulness - Winter Recharge
Tuesday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by Graduate Division)

Master Gardeners: Gardening in Small Space
Tuesday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by FRESH Basic Needs Hub)

UCI Care: What is Advocacy?
Tuesday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Graduate Division)

Studying Abroad on Other UC Programs
Tuesday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Study Abroad Center)

LSAT Strategy Workshop
Tuesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

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.

How to decide whether to go maskless as states drop mandates

The Washington Post, Feb. 10
Cited: David Souleles, director of COVID-19 Response Team

More healthy behaviors = lower risk of Alzheimer’s, research shows

Seniors Matter, Feb. 9
Cited: Joshua Gill, professor of psychiatry and human behavior & neurobiology and behavior

How COVID-19 Can Lead to Serious Complications During Pregnancy

Healthline, Feb. 8
Cited: Tim Bruckner, associate professor of public health


Today at 5 p.m. is the deadline to nominate women in IT who are making a positive impact at UCI through their achievements, actions, insights and behind-the-scenes contributions. Winning submissions will be announced on the Women in Tech @ UCI website in March.

#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.


10 new cases reported

On Thursday, UCI recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19: Nine students and one employee. 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.