June 3, Updates

White House launches the COVID-19 College Challenge – UCI is an early participant!

Yesterday, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education launched the COVID-19 College Challenge by inviting colleges and universities across the country to join in efforts to end the pandemic by signing up. The initiative is part of the Administration’s national vaccination “Month of Action,” taking place from June 4th to July 4th  to help reach the President’s goal of 70% of adults having at least one vaccine dose by Independence Day. Participating colleges commit to taking three key actions to help get their campus communities vaccinated: engaging every student, faculty, and staff member; organizing their college communities; and delivering vaccine access for all.

Costa Mesa repeals mask mandate

A mandate requiring facial coverings for all who enter Costa Mesa — in place for more than a year and fuel for frequent debates — was repealed this week in favor of less strict state guidelines.

L.A. County now projected to reach herd immunity in late August

With the number of people getting vaccinated each week continuing to decrease, public health officials now expect Los Angeles County won’t reach herd immunity before late August.

California to pay $2 million in churches’ legal fees over coronavirus closures

The State of California has agreed not to impose greater coronavirus restrictions on church gatherings than it does on retail establishments in a pair of settlements that provide more than $2 million in fees to lawyers who challenged the rules as a violation of religious freedom.

CDC revisits school mask guidance, changes may come by fall

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said school guidance is being revisited as more and younger people get vaccinated — and there may be a change in school mask guidance in time for fall.

Biden administration to share 80 million vaccine doses globally

The Biden administration announced a framework to share at least 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses with the rest of the world by the end of June, including a more specific plan for the first 25 million doses.