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Coronavirus Updates for the UCI Community

UCI is closely monitoring the coronavirus ("COVID-19") situation and associated communications from the county, state and federal authorities. We will continue to provide updates through this website and email communications, and take steps to ensure the health and safety of our community. More information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available from the Centers of Disease and Control (CDC)Preventative measures to prevent the spread of the virus can be found on this page.


The Strategic Advisory Group is mapping out the details related to our workforce, research, students (current and prospective), instruction (undergraduate and graduate), health (patient and public), technology, and business operations.

The phase-in decisions are being made with an abundance of thought and planning, with the health of our community at the forefront. Our guiding principles are as follows:

  1. Our primary concern is our people.
  2. We will follow public health directives.
  3. Transitions will be measured, careful, and flexible.
  4. We will learn as we proceed and incorporate new techniques and technologies as they become available.
  5. Our standards of quality will not waver.

Read the Chancellor's May 11, 2020 email on re-engaging campus operations »


The UCI campus has 10 reported positive COVID-19 cases – all ten cases have been clinically cleared.

In accordance of health privacy laws, we cannot disclose the identity or personal information. We are in coordination with the Orange County Health Care Agency and connecting with those who may have been exposed through contact.


We recognize that not every concern or question may be addressed, especially those with uniquely individual circumstances.

We have established the UCI Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Center. Students, staff, faculty, parents, and community partners may call 949-824-9918 or email to connect directly for more information.

March 19, 2020: An Open Letter to the Orange County Community from UCI and UCI Health leadership

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Preventative Measures

Reducing the spread of viruses starts with basic hygiene. Here are preventative measures that you can follow to keep our community healthy. 

Stay 6 feet apart
Stay at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms' length) from other people
Cover your cough
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue, cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
Don't touch your face
Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth
Wear a face covering

When in public, wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth.

Wash hands thoroughly

Always wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. *It's not the water temperature, but the time you take rubbing the hands (20 seconds).

Stay at home

If you are sick, stay home and do not travel. Call ahead before visiting your doctor or the Student Health Center to arrange a time to be seen.

Clean surfaces often

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Campus Messages

Phase 2 Research Transitioning Starts on June 8, 2020

June 4, 2020

After meeting with the Orange County Healthcare Agency earlier this week, I am pleased to confirm that UCI will begin transitioning to Phase 2 research starting June 8, 2020.

UC Announces Changes to Benefit Programs for COVID-19 Pandemic Relief

June 4, 2020

UC recently announced changes to UC’s benefits rules designed to provide relief to faculty and staff affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes give faculty and staff greater flexibility in withdrawing or borrowing money from their Retirement Savings Program plans and in making changes to their benefits.

Update on Cleaning Supplies to Support Return to Campus

June 2, 2020

As UCI continues to prepare for the gradual phase-in return to campus, the COVID-19 Logistical Support Team has been established to coordinate inventory and supply-chain processes for items needed to support the work being done by various departments to ensure local requirements are met before returning to campus.

Transition to Remote Teaching – Spring Quarter 2020 Highlights

June 1, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated an abrupt shift to a remote setting, the UC Irvine (UCI) family quickly banded together to make this move possible. Because UCI’s commitment to changing the face of higher education is a central part of its culture, many of the tools and resources to make a successful transition were already in place. Through the rapid responses of various units, the campus was able to transform this existing framework to create a sense of guidance and stability in an uncertain time.

Reengaging On-campus Operations

June 1, 2020

When our workplace was upended in March, many of you made the transition to remote operations like champions – smoothly and effectively, without a noticeable hiccup in productivity or quality.

UCI Zoom Webinar & Large Meeting licenses now available for short-term use

May 28, 2020

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is offering a new UCI Zoom Temporary License Upgrade service to faculty and staff who wish to host presentation-style webinar for up to 1,000 participants, a moderated discussion, or a collaborative meeting with up to 500 participants.