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June 8 - Updates on COVID-19

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Returning to Campus: What’s Next

The reengagement of on-site operations began today with some research colleagues returning to their campus workspaces. As your health and well-being are our highest priorities, new protocols for on-campus staff, faculty, researchers and students were introduced. This also applies to those essential workers who continued their important work on campus throughout the stay-at-home orders. Please visit www.uci.edu/coronavirus for updated information on the reengagement of campus operations.

A new podcast series: The Anteater Insider

As we emerge from the stay at home order under the coronavirus pandemic, UCI is launching a podcast series directed toward the UCI community to provide necessary and helpful information to assist with the transition. The Anteater Insider Podcast debuts today with its first episode featuring Pramod Khargonekar, UCI’s vice chancellor for research: Anteater Insider: Conducting research on the UCI campus with a steady eye on the pandemic. The premier episode focuses on the plans and procedures UCI has put in place to enable increasing numbers of researchers to come back to campus, when necessary, to do their work.


UCI to host historic virtual graduation ceremonies on June 13

More than 7,400 students and their families will participate in the University of California, Irvine’s first remote commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 13. A schedule of graduation activities is available on the UCI commencementwebsite. All graduating students will participate in a recorded commencement event at 10 a.m., followed by individual school receptions and celebrations at 10:30 a.m.

Domestic violence seen as rising during COVID-19 lockdown

Researchers predict that the incidence of domestic violence should gradually decrease as people return to their normal routines, but would likely increase again if there is a second wave of COVID-19 infections that prompts new stay-at-home orders.

New normal: Is COVID-19 killing cash?

Cashless-ness is neither inevitable nor desirable, says Bill Maurer, an anthropologist at UCI who specializes in financial technology. His recent research points to young people, who are entirely adept with mobile and digital, storing cash to check their spending and to save.

In-person ‘retail therapy’ may be gone for good

For merchants, expecting a return to pre-pandemic business is not a strategy for success, says Eric Spangenberg, dean of UCI’S Paul Merage School of Business. Spangenberg discusses how coronavirus-induced shifts in shopping behavior will likely transform the retail industry.


COVID’s Impact: June 2020 Economics and Financial Update

The Paul Merage School of Business offers a webinar called, COVID’s Impact: June 2020 Economics and Financial Update. Professor Chris Schwarz and Bill McBride MBA ’91 of the Calculated Risk Blog will discuss the economy, financial markets and real estate at the June 2020 Market and Economic Update. This free webinar is offered as part of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management’s Financial literacy mission and the Merage School’s mission of education. The event takes place June 9 at 11:30 a.m. and registration is required.

Public Health and Healthcare Implications of COVID-19

The UCI Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy and the Program in Public Health are offering a panel discussion called Public Health and Healthcare Implications of COVID-19. The panel features faculty from UCI’s Program in Public Health and the School of Medicine, as well as outside speakers. The webinar takes place on Tuesday, June 9 at 6 p.m., and registration is required.


The U.S. nears 2 million coronavirus cases

The U.S. now has more than 1.9 million cases of coronavirus and over 110,500 deaths. New York still remains the hardest hit state, followed by New Jersey, California and Illinois.

California saw the most new cases per day last week across the nation

California, Texas, Florida and Illinois are all outpacing New York state in their daily averages of new coronavirus cases. California, on average, saw the most new cases per day last week--averaging about 2,666 daily new cases.

Pentagon lifts travel restrictions on 44 destinations

The 44 locations that the Pentagon lifted travel restrictions on include 39 U.S. states and five countries: Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, Japan and the UK. Some states, including California, have not yet met the criteria for lifting travel restrictions.

This weekend marked the most air travel since the pandemic began

The Transportation Security Administration said that more than 400,000 people were screened on Friday and Saturday--this is the first time this has happened in 11 weeks.

COVID-19 has caused more public school job losses than the entire Great Recession

Nearly 469,000 workers in K-12 public education lost a job in just the month of April, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

National Science Foundation – Rapid Response COVID-19 June 4, 2020 (Audio)
Scientists look at perceptions & behaviors

Orange County Register, June 7, 2020
How Orange County leaders could resolve raging debate over coronavirus mask use

Edsource Today, June 8, 2020
Complex health considerations make reopening California’s schools a challenge

Orange County Business Journal, June 8, 2020
Economy starts long comeback, CSUF Says

Orange Coast, June 7, 2020
Sustaining Orange County: UC Irvine professor on parallels between the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change

Undark, June 8, 2020
For experts who study coronaviruses, a grim vindication

NBC Los Angeles (CNS), June 7, 2020
Orange County reports 119 new coronavirus cases


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