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May 13 - Updates on COVID-19

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Continuing yesterday’s bird theme, a scene from UCI’s San Joaquin Marsh Reserve. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Continuing yesterday’s bird theme, a scene from UCI’s San Joaquin Marsh Reserve. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Face coverings still required at UCI

Although the CDC’s latest mask guidelines allow vaccinated people to go maskless in most indoor and outdoor settings, UCI is governed by Cal/OSHA and University of California rules, which still require masks on all UCI-controlled property. Please continue to follow UCI’s executive directive on face coverings until further notice.

No new campus cases*

No student residents or 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 Times, Wall Street Journal, OC Register and Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

States dangle offbeat incentives to get vaccinated

The perks include free beer in New Jersey, million-dollar prizes in Ohio, baseball tickets in New York and hunting licenses in Maine. One doctor who gave injections at a beer giveaway discovered vaccine skepticism wasn’t why people were avoiding the shot.

States won't get J&J vaccines next week

White House officials told governors during their weekly call that there won't be any doses of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine in next week's federal allocations, according to an official familiar with the matter.

Vaccine effectiveness still tops 90%, CDC says

Coronavirus vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer continue to be more than 90% effective, based on various studies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.


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.

Brush up on your ‘Stairway to Heaven’ trivia

To mark the rock staple’s 50th anniversary, Mental Floss presents 11 unusual facts about the Led Zeppelin song that are “guaranteed to put a bustle in your hedgerow—whatever that means.”


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.