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January 6 - Updates on COVID-19

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covid-19 incubation timeline

It takes some time after you have been exposed for you to test positive for COVID if you were infected.


Case count news

Twenty four news positive cases were reported yesterday - 11 students and 13 employees. This brings the positive case count to 100. Please visit the dashboard for complete information.

*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.

To test or not to test? (UPDATED)

Earlier this week, we ran this item and received clarifying questions. The handy chart has been updated to answer how often different categories of students and UCI employees are recommended to get COVID-19 testing.


UCI Health has more Physicians of Excellence than any other Orange County health system

UCI Health is home to 174 doctors honored as 2021 Physicians of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association, more than any other health system in Orange County.

UCI Podcast: The arts respond to COVID-19

At the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, a whole season’s worth of scheduled productions went out the window as performers and professors adapted to an online-only reality. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Stephen Barker, dean of the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, discusses how the school answered the pandemic, and why the arts have such power to heal.

Upcoming events


Apply to be the next student regent

The University of California Board of Regents is searching for the 2022-23 student regent to serve on UC’s governing body. The student regent is a full voting member of the board, representing students across the university’s 10-campus system. This impactful role brings the voice of the student to every issue and decision before the board. All UC students are eligible for this life-changing opportunity, which comes with a stipend and a waiver for all systemwide tuition and fees during the two-year term of service. The deadline to apply is March 7.


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 TimesWall Street Journal and OC Register for students, faculty and staff.

1,000 LA County citizens lost to COVID in a week

More than 1,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Los Angeles County over the past week as California grapples with surging cases and overwhelmed hospitals. On Tuesday, the state reported 368 new coronavirus deaths -- pushing the number of lives lost in the state to 27,000 since the start of the pandemic. Some 2.45 million have been infected.

CA directs hospitals to pause non-essential surgeries

The state’s Department of Public Health issued a new health order Tuesday requiring some non-essential and non-life-threatening surgeries to be delayed in counties impacted by low ICU capacity.


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.

Funny family holiday cards that find the humor in 2020

In lieu of picture-perfect photos, many families are getting creative with their holiday cards – from Zoom themes to dumpster fire jokes to truly candid snapshots.


What have you been up to during the pandemic? Send photos and/or words about your activities, workstation, volunteering or academic adventures to marketing@uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.