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April 8 - Updates on COVID-19

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Prickly pear and 73 toll road from the UCI Ecological Preserve. Photo by Ian Parker


One new campus case*

One student resident and no on-campus employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.


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.

In vaccine push, no one is speaking Gen Z’s language

Most messaging “isn’t targeted toward our age group,” one 22-year-old said. “It doesn’t explain why, if you’re a healthy 19-year-old, you should get this vaccine.” According to recent polls, more than one in five 18- to 24-year-olds said they wouldn’t get vaccinated.

City of Irvine offers free COVID testing

The tests are available in five locations around town. Results take two or three days. To make an appointment, visit the city’s testing website.

Will Californians really need masks after June 15 reopening?

UCSF infectious disease experts debate whether the state should continue its mask mandate after “everyone who wants the shot has gotten the shot.”

Vaccines effective against California variant, scientists say

As the California coronavirus variant continues to spread across the Golden State and beyond, new research suggests that vaccines should continue to provide an effective defense.

Latino vaccinations lagging in OC and state

Vaccination gaps remain in Orange County and elsewhere in California as more businesses reopen. Some public health experts say this could cause a disproportionate increase in cases among Latino residents.


Vaccine selfies: For protection ... and home cooking


Cristina Gapasin Tortal, assistant dean of admissions and student financial services in the School of Law, explains her vaccination rationale: “Masks are my jam and the way I’ve shown love to others this past year is by (a) gifting people with fun masks ... and (b) getting the vaccine to protect them. It was hard to be away from my family at Christmas, but I couldn’t risk catching COVID-19 and bringing it home to them. I hope y’all consider getting the vaccine when it’s your turn so you can check on your loved ones and so we can all be on campus this fall. As for me, I’m looking forward to hugging my mom and dad and eating all their yummy home cooking.”

If you have a shoutout, or if you’d like to share what you’ve been up to during the pandemic, send photos and/or words about your COVID-19 vaccination, activities, workstation, volunteering, etc., to marketing@uci.edu 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.