It’s been two years since California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a statewide shutdown on March 19, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UCI employees were sent home. Students were evacuated and finished winter-quarter finals online. Research that could be conducted off-site was relocated. Campus officials geared up for a spring quarter of remote learning. All spring sports for UCI Athletics teams were called off. Only UCI Medical Center remained a beehive of activity as healthcare providers braced for the unknown.
The task of mobilizing UCI – a multibillion-dollar organization equivalent to a midsize city of 50,000 – was massive, requiring quick and decisive leadership and teamwork that continue to this day. Here’s a snapshot, by the numbers, of what the Anteater community has accomplished over the past two years.
Number of days between the beginning of remote learning in 2020 and the return to in-person classes in the fall quarter of 2021:
Remote learning began on March 30, 2020, the start of the spring quarter. In-person classes resumed on Sept. 23, 2021, the start of the fall quarter. That’s a hiatus of 542 days.
Number of remote courses taught during the 2020-21 academic year:
Fall quarter: 4,713
Winter quarter: 4,310
Spring quarter: 4,103
Summer Session: 808
Number of COVID-19 tests administered to UCI students and employees through February 2022:
Number of vaccinations given at the Student Health Center and six pop-up clinics:
Student Health Center: 890
Vendor-managed “booster” clinics: 300
Number of vaccinations given at the Bren Events Center in 2021:
Students: 97 percent
Staff and faculty: 95 percent
Number of free test kits provided to students and employees:
56,567 rapid antigen tests
Surgical masks: 74,315
Number of campus housing beds currently reserved for COVID-positive students:
Bridge banners: 6
Pedestrian light pole banners: 28
Restroom usage signs: 7,100
Faucets: Just over 800
At its peak, UCI’s Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services had 25 contact tracers on staff and trained several hundred graduate students and community volunteers in contact tracing. The office also supported the campus with vaccination efforts and outreach, calling 33,961 students.