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June 23 - Updates on COVID-19

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Gazebo and lighted trees. Photo by Ian Parker

Gazebo and lighted trees. Photo by Ian Parker


No new campus cases*

No student residents or on-campus employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.


Vaccine researcher wins prestigious award

Philip Felgner, director of the UCI Vaccine Research and Development Center, was one of seven scientists whose contributions to creating COVID-19 vaccines won Spain’s prestigious Princess of Asturias award for scientific research.


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 JournalOC Register and Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Nearly every new COVID death now preventable, CDC boss says

The Delta variant is increasingly dangerous, but experts say it’s possible to overcome the threat.

O.C. supervisors debate mask rules for county buildings

Orange County supervisors questioned their own policies on who has to wear a mask inside county buildings and how officials will verify if someone is fully vaccinated, with Supervisor Katrina Foley saying she’s worried the county isn’t following state regulations.


Watch New Yorkers react to ‘ballroom crosswalk’ prank

Improv Everywhere staged one of its public pranks in a busy Manhattan crosswalk. Watch as the stunt grows increasingly elaborate.


 Letter to UCI staff

“Dear UCI staff, I just wanted to say thank you for all [the] amazing work you do at UCI. All the work you have done over the past year to ensure that students can continue having an incredible education has not gone unnoticed. As a first-year at UCI, I was amazed at all of the opportunities still presented by the UCI staff and faculty even in an online format. I am so grateful that I am able to attend this wonderful institution that also includes faculty like you. So, for everything you do, you are much appreciated by UCI students!
Best wishes,
a UCI Freshman”

The All-truism project, which is supported through a Barnes & Noble College Scholarship, aims to create connections through community, compassion and the creative arts. In this series, Anteaters write letters to faculty and staff.

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.