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April 30 - Updates on COVID-19

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Langson Library

One of the oldest buildings on campus, the Langson Library was designed by William Pereira in the modern brutalist architectural style. Photo by Judy Wu


UCI updates travel policy

In accordance with the latest California Department of Public Health guidelines, all travel for work and study is now considered essential travel. The CDC warns that travel at this time increases health risks, and the CDC website provides specific warnings for various destinations both domestic and international. The university strongly recommends that all travel be delayed if possible. Students wishing to travel internationally are required to get advance permission according to UCI policy Section 420-10. To read UCI’s full Executive Directive on travel, see this PDF. If you have questions, contact global@uci.edu.

Vaccination record reminders

Over 3,100 students have uploaded their COVID-19 vaccination records this week. It is highly anticipated that vaccinations will be required before fall quarter 2021 begins, so please be sure to upload your completed record as soon as you receive each dose. This short video tutorial walks you through the upload process.

Also, be sure to get your second dose. If you received your first dose in one location, but know you will be in another geographical area when it is time for your second dose, you can call Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services at 949.824.2300 and they can help you get the second appointment.

Update on UCI Libraries

This summer quarter, the Libraries will be moving to phase 3 of their Phased Reopening Plans. Beginning June 21, Langson Library will be open limited hours: Sunday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, the Libraries Gateway Study Center and Multimedia Resources Center in the Science Library will be open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

No new campus cases*

Zero student residents or on-campus employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.


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Deep dive: Approximately three-quarters of all UC undergraduates completed research as part of their coursework


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.

Gov. Newsom signs bill giving small business a $6.2 billion tax cut

On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will give small businesses hit hardest by the pandemic a $6.2 billion tax cut over the next six years – a lifeline that will help them get back on their feet.

100 million people in the US are fully vaccinated

The White House will announce a new milestone soon: 100 million adults in the U.S. are now fully vaccinated, according to a White House official.

Disneyland reopens after 13-month closure

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopened with rides and attractions on Friday, April 30 after a 412-day closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 1 is a ‘reasonable target’ for US reopening, CDC director says

A July 1 COVID-19 reopening plan — like one set out by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday — is a “reasonable target” given falling cases and rising vaccination rates, the U.S. CDC director said Friday.

Nonprofit sparks efforts to vaccinate O.C.’s Muslim population

County officials are offering more targeted vaccinations to the Muslim community following a push from the nonprofit community group Latino and Muslim Unity.

First US COVID-19 relief supply arrives in India

The first U.S. plane carrying shipments of COVID-19 aid to India landed in Delhi this morning.


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.


Watch UCI students try and discuss different boba tea flavors.

National Boba Day

April 30 is National Boba Tea Day. Click here to learn more about the history of the chewy tapioca balls and how to celebrate. 

The best boba in Orange County

This blog post breaks down the top 10 boba shops in Orange County (this list does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors). Number one is right across the street from UCI in University Center.


For others

Michael T. Kleinman

Michael T. Kleinman, professor of environmental toxicology, got the vaccine for his family and community.

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.