Thousands of college students are moving into SoCal dorms. Can campuses curb the COVID risk?

UC Irvine is opening a portion of its dorms for the beginning of its quarter on October 1. But the Orange County campus is taking a more stringent approach to rules for students in its dorms. When students move in, they’ll have to show proof that they’ve taken a COVID-19 test within the prior seven days and that it came back negative. Once in their dorms, they’ll have to quarantine for seven days. “We’re calling it a Zot Pod,” named after UCI’s anteater mascot, said Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Edgar Dormitorio. “The goal here is to make sure that they are not mixing with other students, which would increase the spread of COVID.”