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June 17 - Updates on COVID-19

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Face coverings

To protect each other and to help reduce spread of COVID-19 within the UCI community, UCI’s Executive Directive requires all individuals on UCI-controlled property to wear face coverings. This includes within campus buildings and in outdoor campus spaces where it isn’t possible to ensure physical distancing. There are some exceptions, such as people unable to wear face coverings for health or other reasons. Please be sure to read the full directive. If you are a campus employee, you may obtain a face covering from Environmental Health & Safety.

Positive case

A campus employee tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is recovering in self-isolation. Those who may have come in contact with this individual on campus are being notified.


UCI Podcast video series: On the front lines of the pandemic

What’s it like to be on the front lines of the largest human health crises in more than a century? Dr. Chris Fox can tell you. He is the chair of emergency medicine at UCI, and he helps oversee the biggest and best-equipped emergency room in Orange County. Each year, at least one in every three Americans visits an ER - that’s 128 million visits nationwide. The ER has become the epicenter of U.S. medicine, and in Orange County, that epicenter is at the UCI Medical Center, where more than 50,000 people per year receive immediate trauma care. But the COVID-19 pandemic has considerably impacted how the UCI ER operates and the types of treatments it provides. In this episode of the UCI Podcast video series, Dr. Fox discusses what is going on in the ER these days.


Ask the chef live: The world of noodles and how to cook like you have a wok

This Friday, June 19, at 11:30 a.m., tune into Anteaters at Home from UCI Campus Recreation for the next “Ask the Chef Live” episode and learn The World of Noodles and How to Cook Like You Have a Wok.

And after you do that, tune in to the current season of Top Chef All Stars to see cognitive science alumna Melissa King compete as a finalist.

Culinary medicine: All about carbs

Carbs get a bad rap, but they shouldn’t be eliminated from your diet. Quality carbohydrates can be found in a variety of food sources that provide a host of beneficial nutrients, including fiber. Explore the world of carbs and discover a whole new way of eating and cooking. This Friday, June 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., join a cooking demo from UCI Campus Recreation that includes: oatmeal pancakes with berry sauce, bruschetta lentil salad with homemade whole-wheat bread, and chicken quinoa tortilla soup. Based on the UCI integrative medicine curriculum, each culinary medicine class includes a virtual presentation from a dietitian and meal demonstration by Chef Jessica Van Roo.


CDC issues guidance for testing for SARS-CoV-2

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released consolidatedrecommendations for novel coronavirus testing.

Pandemic leads to a bicycle boom, and shortage, around world

Fitness junkies locked out of gyms, commuters fearful of public transit, and families going stir crazy inside their homes during the coronavirus pandemic have created a boom in bicycle sales unseen in decades.

Academy delays 2021 Oscars ceremony because of coronavirus

For the fourth time in its history, the Oscars are being postponed. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network said that the 93rd Academy Awards will now be held April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned because of the pandemic’s effects on the movie industry.

U.S. Open tennis tournament to take place in New York this summer

The U.S. Open tennis tournament will be held without fans in New York from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. This decision comes as New York continues to reopen.

Virtual and in-person summer events across Orange County

As more places begin to reopen, this round-up houses virtual and in-person summer events throughout Orange County.

Pharmaceutical company begins phase 3 trial of arthritis drug for COVID-19 patients

Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly began phase 3 of its arthritis drug to treat patients hospitalized with the coronavirus. The phase 3 trial will enroll 400 patients and will be conducted in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.

California inmates with 180 days or fewer to serve will be released 

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced that certain California inmates who have 180 or fewer days left to serve their sentence will be released to help protect staff and other prisoners from the spread of coronavirus.

FDA revokes authorization of one of the first COVID-19 antibody tests it approved

The Food and Drug Administration revoked its emergency use authorization of one of the first COVID-19 antibody tests it approved, from Chembio Diagnostic System, due to the test’s performance and higher than expected false results.

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency issues toolkit to combat COVID misinformation

CISA released a Disinformation Toolkit to help state, local, tribal and territorial officials bring awareness to misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories related to COVID-19. The Toolkit includes talking points, frequently asked questions, and flyers, and provides simple steps individuals can take to combat false or misleading information related to the pandemic.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

The Atlantic, June 16, 2020
When your family spreads misinformation

Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, June 16, 2020
Your customers have changed. Here’s how to engage them again.

Medical Xpress, June 16, 2020 
Caution urged for reopening schools to prevent spread of COVID-19 crisis

Medical Xpress, June 17, 2020 
Q&A: Epidemiologist offers advice on healthy travel, recreation during the pandemic

The Seattle Times, June 17, 2020 (Column)
‘Getting sick has gotten political’: One Yakima woman’s struggle to say the pandemic’s hurt is real


OC-COVID19.org - powered by UCI and UCI Health, a website devoted to providing timely, useful, evidence-based information about the novel coronavirus pandemic to our friends and neighbors across Orange County

UCI Coronavirus Information Hub - more information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health