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June 23 - Updates on COVID-19

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Additional positive cases

Two graduate students tested positive for COVID-19 recently, on June 17 and June 22, respectively. Separately, an undergraduate student tested positive on June 18. None of the individuals had been on campus for months and are recovering in self-isolation at their respective homes. Those who may have come in contact with them are being notified. For the current case count within the UCI community, please visit  www.uci.edu/coronavirus.

UCI Health expands primary care services

We are pleased to announce that in the coming months we will be welcoming two new primary care physicians to our UCI Health family. We are proud to expand primary care services at a time when patients should not postpone their care due to pandemic fears. UCI Health is committed to providing care in a safe environment for annual physical exams, chronic conditions and diseases, preventative cancer screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies, mental health appointments, and routine blood and laboratory tests.


A helping heart

Graduating senior Manveet Thind finds a positive outlet during the pandemic by aiding impoverished communities in Mexico.

UCI Podcast: Work, family and digital lives

Melissa Mazmanian, UCI associate professor of informatics, is the author of a new book titled “Dreams of the Overworked: Living, Working & Parenting in the Digital Age,” published by Stanford University Press. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Mazmanian, who holds appointments in the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences and the Paul Merage School of Business, discusses what she went through to write the book and how it relates to our lives in this time of global pandemic.


COVID-19 and the Law: Affordable Housing

The School of Law continues its COVID-19 and the Law series with a session on affordable housing, presented by Robert Solomon, clinical professor of law. The webinar takes place noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 25. Registration is required.


Gov. Newsom addresses California’s increase in COVID-19 cases

Gov. Newsom said that hospitalizations from COVID-19 grew 16% in the past two weeks as the state reported 46,000 new cases. This marks a significant increase in cases. Newsom notes that the state may need to reinstate some of the restrictions of the stay-at-home order if metrics spike.

California and Orange County grapple with face covering requirements

Five sheriff’s departments in California say they won’t enforce Gov. Newsom’s face covering order, in some cases citing the minor nature of the offense or a lack of resources. That includes sheriff’s departments in Orange, Sacramento, Tulare, Fresno and Calaveras counties. The battle over wearing a face mask is intensifying in Orange County, even after the state issued new guidelines last week mandating face coverings in high-risk settings. Groups for and against the use of face masks have formed in the county.

Past and present California governors do pro-mask video

In an amusing PSA video, Republicans Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pete Wilson join Democrats Jerry Brown, Gray Davis and Gavin Newsom to promote face coverings.

Guidelines for OC schools released

The OC Department of Education has released its guidelines to safely reopen schools this fall. Developed in collaboration with school superintendents and health experts, and already approved by the Orange County Health Care Agency, the guidelines outline what schools in Orange County will be doing to keep staff and students safe.

OC Health Care Agency launches campaign promoting free COVID-19 testing

The OC Health Care Agency launched a multifaceted community outreach and advertising initiative aimed at the county’s most vulnerable populations – people who can’t get COVID-19 testing from their health care providers or may not have insurance.

Orange County passes 10,000 positive COVID-19 cases

This weekend, Orange County surpassed 10,000 coronavirus cases. Last week, the county’s positive test rate was 5.26%, which was the highest level since late April. To remain open, the state wants to see a positive rate of 8% or less.

Getting the flu vaccine is more important than ever

According to Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, getting the flu vaccine is more important than ever this year. He says, “Getting the flu vaccine will help keep you and your loved ones out of doctors’ offices and hospitals and help conserve scarce medical resources to care for COVID-19 patients.”

FDA warns that 9 hand sanitizers may contain potentially fatal ingredient

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to not use hand sanitizers produced by Eskbiochem SA due to the potential presence of a toxic chemical--methanol. There are 9 hand sanitizers to avoid.

CDC has developed a single test that will check for coronavirus and the flu

The director of the CDC announced that the agency has developed a new laboratory test that checks for three viruses at the same time, two types of Influenza (A and B) and coronavirus.

How a Baltimore nursing home has zero COVID cases

Early action is credited with helping Maryland’s oldest Black-owned nursing home avoid the problems that have befallen so many other centers.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

AP, June 23, 2020 
With unsubstantiated claim, Trump sows doubt on US election

Los Angeles Times, June 22, 2020
Trump claims without evidence that mail voting leads to cheating: A guide to facts on absentee ballots

ABC News, June 22, 2020
As cases rise, Pence warns young people increasingly catching coronavirus

Orange County Register, June 23, 2020
As Orange County passes 10,000 coronavirus cases, it slips back toward a Stage 2 limit

Futurity, June 22, 2020
How to travel safely this summer during COVID-19

Roll Call, June 23, 2020
Delayed COVID-19 aid spurs search for faster payments

Inside Climate News, June 23, 2020
As scientists struggle with rollbacks, stay at home orders and funding cuts, citizens fill the gap

Inverse, June 23, 2020
How LGBT+ culture can survive COVID-19

News10, June 22, 2020
The coronavirus recession and how it could affect crime rates


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

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