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April 28 - Updates on COVID-19

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Lunchtime lecture: Patterns in COVID-19 Testing and Cases in OC

The Program in Public Health is offering a Zoom webinar series called Lunchtime Lectures. The next one is April 30 at 12:30 p.m. and is called COVID-19 Testing and Cases in OC, featuring Daniel Parker. Registration is required.

COVID-19: The Humanities Respond: AIDS, COVID-19 and Art: Reflections on Pandemics

The School of Humanities virtual conversation series called COVID-19: The Humanities Respond hosts its next event on April 30. It is called AIDS, COVID-19 and Art: Reflections on Pandemics, featuring Jonathan Alexander from the Department of English.

Zot Series: Sleep in the COVID Crisis

The School of Social Sciences offers the next in its Zoom lecture Zot Series: Sleep in the COVID Crisis, featuring Sara Mednick. The event takes place May 1, at 11 a.m. Registration is required.


UCI doctor describes love, death and war during New York coronavirus fight

Dr. Sebastian Schubl spent a week volunteering at the NYC hospital where he got his start.

Pregnancy and COVID-19

The evidence shows that expectant mothers are no more likely to get sick than the general population, says Dr. Afshan Hameed, a UCI Health obstetrician and leading authority on high-risk maternal-fetal medicine. But if a pregnant woman does fall ill, she is not at higher risk of serious complications.

“Fair Elections During a Crisis” report issued

A diverse group of leading scholars and thinkers in the areas of law, technology, politics, and media released a new report, Fair Elections During a Crisis: Urgent Recommendations in Law, Media, Politics, and Tech to Advance the Legitimacy of, and the Public’s Confidence in, the November 2020 U.S. Elections. The ad hoc group was brought together by Richard Hasen, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science.


Planned UCPath downtimes

The UCPath system will be unavailable to all UC employees for two time periods during April and May due to the UCSD, UCSD Medical and UCSF transition to UCPath. Log into UCPath Online to view your paychecks, manage benefits, see leave balances and more before or after these dates: The first downtime is April 29 at 10 p.m. through May 5 at 8 a.m. The second downtime is May 22 at 10 p.m. to May 28 at 8 a.m.


Recovering from COVID does not mean you won’t get it again

WHO warns that there is currently no evidence that individuals who have had COVID-19 and have developed antibodies are immune to a second infection. This means that issuing “immunity passports,” as some countries have proposed, could present risks.

California suspends bar exam this summer

The California Supreme Court postponed the scheduled July bar exam Monday for about 8,000 law school graduates but refused to cancel it, saying it would try instead to conduct a first-ever online exam in September.

Colorado and Nevada join CA, OR and WA in Western States Pact

Colorado and Nevada have joined the Western States Pact, a collaboration between California, Oregon, and Washington to coordinate efforts for reopening their economies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Orange County Health Care Agency has new director

Clayton Chau, M.D., Ph.D., is the new Director of the OC Health Care Agency (HCA), effective May 4, 2020. Dr. Chau had previously worked for HCA’s Behavioral Health Services team from 1999-2012 and was most recently Chief Clinical and Strategy Officer for Mind OC, the not-for-profit created to support the advancement of Be Well OC.

Dr. Fauci Says Second Wave of COVID-19 is Inevitable

Dr. Anthony Fauci said “I’m almost certain it will come back” when asked about the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus later this year.

Meat Shortages Across the Nation

Due to plants closing from the coronavirus, the U.S. could face meat shortages soon. Farmers across the nation have recently been forced to euthanize animals as processing plants have been temporarily shut down. House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson estimates roughly 60,000 to 70,000 pigs could be killed each day. Americans could see shortages in grocery stores by next week.

Expanding COVID-19 Testing at Nationwide Retailers

CVS Health, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, Kroger and others joined President Donald Trump at the White House to announce plans to expand testing by adding new sites and increasing access, especially to underserved communities.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

Mashable, April 28, 2020
Give poor people a guaranteed income and let them spend it however they please

Inside Higher Ed. April 28, 2020
Uncertain Job market awaits soon-to-be graduates

EdSource Today, April 28, 2020
Even if California college campuses reopen, will most students still come?

The Huffington Post, April 28, 2020
We are doctors who study trauma. here’s how to cope with the COVID-19 crisis.

Bloomberg Law, April 28, 2020
INSIGHT: The CARES Act could put people on the street – Here’s a solution

Futurity, April 28, 2020
Antibody test makes picking COVID-19 plasma donors easier

Mercury News, April 28, 2020
University of California, state college systems ‘profiting from this pandemic,’ student lawsuits claims

Orange County Register, April 27, 2020
UCI doctor describes love, death and war during New York coronavirus fight

KTLA5, April 27, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine doctor returns from working on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City

Orange County Business Journal, April 27, 2020
AHA news: Turning kitchen mixers into ventilators

Orange County Business Journal, April 27, 2020
UCI team develops app for coronavirus tracing

The Daily Beast, April 27, 2020
Tucker Carlson: Coronavirus ‘isn’t nearly as deadly as we thought’

Voice of OC, April 27, 2020
Orange County moves to increase coronavirus testing as plans to reopen economy may be jeopardized if beach crowds continue