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October 5 - Updates on COVID-19

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Students talk about UCI’s Anteater Pledge.


Two new positive cases

Two students tested positive for COVID-19 during asymptomatic virus screening late last week. That raised the total number of on-campus students who tested positive to six (out of 1,131 tests conducted from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3). All are recuperating in isolation. UCI’s coronavirus testing and case dashboard can be viewed on the UCI Forward website

Regular testing starts today for undergrad dorm residents

Regular COVID-19 screening for undergraduate students living on campus begins today. Graduate student resident testing will occur Oct. 12-16. Ongoing regular testing for all student residents resumes Oct. 19 and will continue until further notice.

How to modify your UCI Working Well Symptom Check-In schedule

In August, all UCI campus employees were automatically enrolled in the UCI Working Well Daily Symptom Check-in system. Under the default setting, employees are emailed each weekday and asked to respond. If your job schedule includes regular weekend work, you need to log in to the Employee Experience Center self-service portal and set your schedule to “Everyday.” If your work schedule later reverts to weekdays-only, you can log in again and update to “Weekdays.”


Do your part, #BeCyberSmart

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and UCI’s Office of Information Technology is sharing tips, resources and events to help keep your personal, work and educational lives cybersafe. Take some time this month to safeguard your information and systems and review the tips on OIT Security’s website.

UCI helping OC businesses devise safe reopening plans

The university is providing consulting services to private businesses to help them develop rules and procedures to keep employees and customers safe from COVID-19 as the economy opens up. “As the only program in public health in Orange County, we have an obligation to assist our community,” professor Karen Edwards said.

Upcoming events


This section curates noteworthy coronavirus news, trends and opinions. No endorsement by UCI is implied. Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and OC Register for students, faculty and staff

Orange County remains in red tier

After reporting 283 new cases yesterday, Orange County will remain in the red tier for at least another two weeks. There is hope that the county will move into the orange tier by mid-October.

Regal Cinemas temporarily closing all of its theaters

The company said it couldn’t lure viewers back without a pipeline of new movies. The chain is closing 663 theaters in the U.S. and Britain, affecting 40,000 U.S. employees.

CDC issues new testing guidelines for colleges

The update says testing returning students, faculty and staff – combined with regular serial testing – might prevent or reduce transmission.

Amazon says nearly 20,000 employees have had COVID-19

But company officials said the infection rate of its employees was well belowthat seen in the general U.S. population.

Disney chief resigns from Newsom task force

Walt Disney Co. Executive Chairman Bob Iger has resigned from Gov. Newsom’s COVID-19 economic task force amid growing tensions over California theme park closures.

Federal appeals court upholds Newsom’s restrictions on churches

A federal appeals court decided 2 to 1 to uphold Gov. Newsom’s coronavirus restrictions on indoor worshipping during the pandemic.

WHO estimates 10% of world population has been infected

The World Health Organization said its “best estimates” indicate that roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus. That’s more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases.


Amid the heartbreaking loss of life and economic hardship wrought by the coronavirus, we recognize the need for stories of kindness, hope, courage and humor. 

If in-person meetings were like Zoom calls

This video spoofs conference calls by applying their quirks to real-life meetings.