Content Tagged with: COVID-19

Where to get N95 masks on campus

UC Riverside employees and students can get free N95 and surgical masks on campus. With the spread of the omicron variant, the California Department of Public Health is recommending using surgical masks or tight-fitting respirators such as N95s or KN95s. Health experts, including those at UCR, say they provide a greater level of protection...

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A look back at 2021 on campus

UC Riverside began the return to normalcy in 2021 as the campus returned to mostly in-person instruction. Students were happy to see their friends again, families celebrated commencement, and instructors continued to be recognized for their achievements. Stan Lim, UCR photography manager, shares his favorite images from the past year and the...

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Employee COVID-19 testing center moves to Pentland Hills

UC Riverside’s employee COVID-19 testing center has moved to a new location and is now available to all faculty and staff members and their families. Formerly at HUB 302, the testing center moved Monday, Nov. 15 to the Bear Cave meeting room at Pentland Hills. It is open Monday and Thursday from 8-11 a.m. and 12-4 p.m. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and...

By Imran Ghori |

COVID-19 cases low on campus

UC Riverside’s COVID-19 cases remained low in the first two months of returning to mostly in-person work and instruction on campus. Seventy positive COVID-19 cases were reported among faculty, staff, and students between Sept. 5 and Oct. 27, according to the campus COVID-19 Management group. Students accounted for 40 cases while 30 cases were...

By Imran Ghori |

Employee COVID-19 testing center opens on campus

UC Riverside is opening a COVID-19 testing site on campus where employees can get tested regularly at no cost. The employee testing center held a practice run with a small number of volunteers Wednesday, Oct. 20 and is expected to open next week. Located at HUB 302 North, the center will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m...

By Imran Ghori |

COVID-19 testing lab moves to larger space

UC Riverside’s COVID-19 testing lab has moved to a larger space at Webber Hall, where the lab team has more than doubled the number of samples it can process. The move was completed Sept. 15, a day before move-in weekend, when the lab tested around 7,000 samples from incoming student residents over a five-day period. The diagnostic lab was created...

By Imran Ghori |

Students return to campus as classes start

UC Riverside was bustling with activity again on Sept, 24, the first day of the fall quarter, as the campus returned to mostly in-person instruction. It was the first time many students and employees had been back on campus since the pandemic began 18 months ago. Here are some images from throughout the day taken by our campus photographer, Stan...

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Students return to campus housing

UC Riverside welcomed about 7,000 students into campus housing this weekend, returning to full capacity for the first time since the pandemic began. Joined by family members, students wheeled blue carts stacked with belongings into their rooms, eager to return to campus life. Ada Unol, a 20-year-old biology major, was only on campus for part of her...

By Imran Ghori |

Staff employees strongly support flexible work options in survey

UC Riverside staff members indicated strong support for continued remote or hybrid work options in a recent survey of work preferences. About 93% of respondents favored remote/hybrid work options while 74% of supervisors believe that staff members can work well in a remote or hybrid option, according to the results. The survey was sent to 2,830...

By Imran Ghori |

Campus dining venues readying for reopening

Getting a bite to eat at UC Riverside will be easier in the coming weeks as dining venues begin opening on campus. The first to reopen will be venues at the HUB starting with the Scotty’s convenience store on Aug. 23. The store’s offerings include pre-made sandwiches, salads, snacks, and beverages along with other retail grocery items. Others will...

By Imran Ghori |

What to expect when buildings reopen

UC Riverside is beginning to open up its core campus again, returning to daytime weekday access for campus buildings. Starting Aug. 16, Facilities Services will begin unlocking and locking buildings at their normal operating hours as the campus prepares for the return of more in-person work and instruction this fall. Campus buildings had been...

By Imran Ghori |

Coffee socials offer a return to normalcy on campus

Enjoying coffee and conversation outside Hinderaker Hall has long been a morning tradition at UC Riverside. It’s a scene that has been missing for the past 15 months. But in a sign of the return to in-person operations in the fall, a crowd once again gathered on a recent bright Tuesday morning to sip coffee and eat doughnuts. The coffee socials...

By Imran Ghori |

Campus vaccination rates continue to rise

About 46% of UC Riverside employees and 38% of students have submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccinations as of early July. The campus is continuing to encourage students and employees to get vaccinated and submit proof with high vaccination rates considered essential to reducing restrictions on campus and ensuring the health and safety of the campus...

By Imran Ghori |

How California’s June 15 reopening will affect UCR

June 23 update: Under the latest state guidelines, most vaccinated employees and students may work indoors without face coverings, physical distancing is no longer required, and all worksites can operate at 100% capacity. Learn more in this announcement. The California economy will reopen June 15 with the state lifting many restrictions on...

By Imran Ghori |

Poor air quality and warehouses linked to Inland Empire Covid-19 inequities

UC Riverside professors call for intersectional approach to Covid-19 exposure interventions

By Holly Ober |

How UCR created a successful COVID-19 testing program

When UC Riverside began discussing the creation of a COVID-19 testing program a year ago, the campus had no lab, no existing system, and no certainty about when students and employees could return safely. Several months after the launch of the program, the campus is planning a fall return and is celebrating a continued drop in positive coronavirus...

By Imran Ghori |

Campus return updates for May 5

UC Riverside has created five campus working groups to plan for the fall and the transition to returning to campus. See below for the latest updates from the working groups: Research Ramp-up A recording of the Research Ramp-up group's May 3 return to campus briefing is available on the UCR YouTube channel. COVID Management The vaccines subcommittee...

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Return to campus working group briefings begin this week

Each of the Return to Campus working groups will deliver a briefing for the campus community about their planning efforts for the fall. The briefings, which will consist of comments by select working group members followed by answers to pre-submitted questions, will be available for viewing on the UC Riverside YouTube channel. The campus community...

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FAQ on UC's proposed COVID-19 vaccination policy

The University of California last week shared the details of a proposed policy on COVID-19 vaccination as part of its engagement with its community as it joins the California State University in supporting immunizations as part of an expected return of students, faculty, academic appointees and staff to in-person instruction across the state this...

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Campus return updates for April 7

UC Riverside has created five campus working groups to plan for the fall and the transition to returning to campus. See below for the latest updates from the working groups: COVID Management Students Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine All UC Riverside students are now eligible to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine under eligibility criteria announced by...

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