January 11 - Updates on COVID-19
Reduce the toll of lockdowns and isolation by staying connected with friends and family.
TODAY'S CAMPUS UPDATES
Spring quarter stays remote, but fall classes will be in-person
UCI’s spring quarter will follow the same basic format as its recent predecessors, with most classes being taught remotely. But the entire UC system plans to resume in-person instruction this fall, thanks to COVID vaccines. “Current forecasts give us hope that in the fall our students can enjoy a more normal on-campus experience,” UC President Dr. Michael V. Drake said in a press release issued today.
36 new campus cases*
From Friday to Sunday, 23 students living on campus and 13 employees tested positive for COVID-19. The number of active positive campus cases was 144 on Sunday (83 students, 61 employees). For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
UCI COVID-19 NEWS AND EVENTS
How to get transcripts of Zoom meetings
Live transcription is now available for UCI and UCI-HIPAA Zoom meetings. The Office of Information Technology has published instructions on how to activate the feature.
- Mindfulness in Nature, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
- UCI Bloodmobile blood drive, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
GENERAL COVID-19 NEWS
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.
Does Vitamin D combat COVID?
A growing body of evidence indicates the sunshine vitamin does help, but some experts remain skeptical.
California has third-worst case rate per capita in U.S.
Despite lockdown measures, the Golden State’s seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 residents trails only Arizona and Rhode Island. At times in recent weeks, California has had the worst rate in the nation.
Newsom won’t compel schools to reopen if teacher unions balk
Although a number of teachers unions say they won’t return to classrooms even if educators are vaccinated, the governor said he won’t force them to comply with reopening plans.
HOPE, INSPIRATION, LAUGHTER
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.
Deputies surprise single mom who walked miles to work
After getting daily calls about a woman walking in the cold along a busy highway, sheriff’s deputies decided to help her out in a surprising way. See her reaction in this 1-minute news video.
Satire: Why vaccines are delayed
The Onion humor site explains why the rollout is so slow. The list of causes includes “Desire to build anticipation among inoculation fanbase” and “Waiting until flavored versions of vaccine have been perfected.”
What have you been up to during the pandemic? Send photos and/or words about your activities, workstation, volunteering or academic adventures to email@example.com or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.
* 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.