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March 24 - Updates on COVID-19

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Work Study Awards

The Federal Department of Education and institutions of higher education across the country are working to provide a sense of financial security to the millions of students receiving financial aid. Based on guidance provided by the Department of Education directly associated with work-study awards, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and the university has established guidelines to continue providing work-study award related earnings to currently employed UCI work-study students. These guidelines apply to both undergraduate and graduate work-study student employees.


Student Health Center and UC SHIP

Student Health is up and running for those of you on or near the Irvine campus. Effective 3-9-2020 followed by additional guidance received 3-16-2020, UC SHIP has reduced the student cost share to $0 for all medically necessary screening, testing and treatment for COVID-19 in a manner consistent with directives recently issued by the CA Department of Managed Care and the CA Department of Insurance. Cost sharing includes, but is not limited to, copays, deductibles or coinsurance. Medically necessary screening, testing and treatment for COVID-19 may include hospital services (including emergency department), urgent care visits, provider office visits, telehealth encounters (e.g., LiveHealth Online) and clinical labs where the purpose of the visit is to be screened, tested and/or treated for COVID-19. For additional information, click HERE. 

In addition, SHC is now offering telephone consultations for certain primary care and psychiatry services. Video consultations will be offered effective Monday, March 30, 2020. Students can call SHC’s appointment line at 949-824-5304 for additional information and/or to schedule a telehealth visit. Visit SHC’s website regularly for updates. 

For information and assistance regarding UC SHIP coverage and benefits, referrals to community providers, UC SHIP waivers and other UC SHIP related inquiries, please contact SHC’s Insurance Services Department at 949-824-2388 or by email at shc-insurance@uci.edu.

UCI to Offer Child Care Services to Essential On-Site Employees

In an effort to assist our essential employees who are required to work on-site during this unique and unprecedented period of time, UCI is partnering with the YMCA to offer local child care services.

  • Two locations will be offered: Doubletree Hotel in Orange and Student Center on the UCI campus.
  • Services will be offered for children ages five through 12.
  • Hours are planned for 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Depending on the needs of employees, infant, overnight, weekend and evening care may be considered.

For more information, click HERE.

Division of Undergraduate Education

UCI’s Division of Undergraduate Education continues to evaluate its campus office operations to best support students in preparation for Spring quarter 2020. To see updated information on DUE operations, please click HERE.

Graduate Division Virtual Office Hours

The Graduate Division is offering virtual office hours for 30 minutes every day, Monday - Friday for as long as needed to answer any questions or concerns. All graduate students and postdocs are welcome. For more information, click HERE.

UCI Health Testing for COVID-19

UCI Medical Center now has multiple in-house testing platforms to use for COVID-19. If you feel symptomatic or have been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, please contact your primary care physician. Collection of samples for testing is conducted at the UCI Medical Center, the UCI Health Yorba Linda Multispecialty Center and the Gottschalk Medical Plaza on campus. You must have pre-authorization and testing is only done for UCI Health patients.


FEMA creates a Website to Combat Coronavirus Rumors 

The purpose of this FEMA page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Do your part to stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response. To see the website, click HERE.

California Will Need an Additional 50,000 Hospital Beds 

Governor Newsom said on Monday that the state will need an additional 50,000 beds to handle the case load from coronavirus. The state will provide for the needed beds through a variety of means including the hospital system and the acquisition of three hospitals. Read more HERE. 

Trump to Potentially End Stay at Home Measures After 15-Days

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter that the United States will make a decision at the end of a 15-day period on “which way we want to go” to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This decision would go against the opinion of many of the top experts across the U.S. and the world. Read more HERE.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

ABC News, March 24, 2020
On the front lines of coronavirus outbreak, medical workers fear rationing of masks will heighten risks

Dissent, March 24, 2020 
Hong Kong’s Fragile Autonomy

Newsweek, March 24, 2020
Coronavirus is having a major impact on the environment, with reduced CO2, better air quality and animals roaming city streets

Elite Daily, March 24, 2020 
College Graduations Are Being Canceled Due To Coronavirus & Seniors Are Crushed

Consortium of Social Science Associations, March 24, 2020 
Because Money Makes The World Go ’Round

CBS2, March 23, 2020 (Video) 
UC Irvine Participating In Clinical Trial For Coronavirus Treatment

ABC7, March 23, 2020 (Video) 
Coronavirus: UC Irvine researchers first in Southern California to test new treatment for COVID-19

KTLA5, March 23, 2020 (Video) 
UC Irvine in clinical trial to test antiviral treatment for COVID-19

ABC7, March 23, 2020
Coronavirus news update: Monday, March 23

U.S. News & World Report, March 23, 2020 
COVID-19 Challenges the Psyche of a Fractured Nation

Orange County Business Journal, March 23, 2020
Working from Home Poses Tech Challenges