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July 8 - Updates on COVID-19

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wear a mask


‘Masks work, so work your mask’ is the idea behind a social media campaign to make mask-wearing “cool.” The OC Health Consortium, which includes UCI, launched the #WorkYourMask social media campaign that positions face coverings as fashion statements.

New positive cases

Three UCI employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and are recovering in self-isolation at home. Contacts with the other employees are being notified. A complete case count for UCI campus employees and students is maintained at www.uci.edu/coronavirus.

Avoid caller ID spoofing scams

Caller ID spoofing happens when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display in order to disguise their identity and to trick you into answering the call. UCI TechPrep shares these guidelines to prevent falling for a scam, and be extremely careful about responding to any request for personal identifying information.


The Future of Cash

Contrary to popular belief, COVID-19 does not mean the end of cash. Although there was some concern during the early stages of the current crisis that paper money might transmit the virus, its demise had, in fact, been heralded by many people even before the pandemic began. Despite the convenience of plastic, the sense of safety with contactless online payment systems or the allure of cryptocurrency, however, there are still situations where dollar bills are best.

UCI researchers use campus as test bed for coronavirus contact tracing system

Computer scientists at UCI have recently been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation to study the use of the campus’s WiFi network as the basis of a coronavirus contact tracing application. The project stems from a longstanding initiative funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects agency to explore whether privacy and anonymity of individuals can be preserved in the context of smart buildings and the internet of things.


OC Forum addressing healthcare, policy and business features UCI experts

UCI continues its partnership with the OC Forum in the next event this Friday, July 10, live, from noon to 1:30 p.m, called The Future Of: the COVID Curve. In three segments: healthcare professionals, public policy and business are the topics addressed, featuring a UCI expert on the panel for each segment.

Virtual Town Hall for continuing graduate students and post-docs

Vice Chancellor for Research Pramod Khargonekar and Graduate Dean Gillian Hayes are hosting an event this Friday, July 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. to answer as many questions and concerns as possible as we plan to at least partially return to campus, as well as for any post-docs and students who have already returned to campus-based research activities. All continuing graduate students and post-docs who are conducting research are encouraged to attend. Please register and fill out this short form to ask any questions you may have ahead of time. You will have the opportunity ask questions in the session as well. Registration is required.

Ask the Chef Live: Grilling for Beginners

UCI Campus Recreation continues its Anteaters at Home series with the latest episode of Ask the Chef with Chef Jessica: Grilling for beginners; how to choose and use a grill indoors or out. The event is July 10 at 11:30 a.m. Registration is required.


UC announces next president: Michael V. Drake, M.D.

The University of California Board of Regents has appointed Michael V. Drake, M.D., as the 21st president of UC’s world-renowned system. Drake was selected for the system’s top leadership role by the UC regents. He will replace Janet Napolitano, who is retiring on Aug. 1. Drake served as UCI’s chancellor from 2005 to 2014 and was president of The Ohio State University until last month. Chancellor Gillman wrote a message about his appointment. UC Board of Regents Chairman John Pérez will host a special, livestreamed conversationwith incoming President Drake at 11:30 a.m. (PST) on July 10.


Amid the heartbreaking loss of life and economic hardship wrought by the coronavirus, we recognize the need for stories of kindness, hope, courage and humor.

‘It’s my calling to help’: A nurse travels to coronavirus hot spots

Tonya Waddell has long been a caretaker, so it doesn’t surprise her family that since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic she has volunteered to work in three hot spots around the country, putting herself at risk to help others in need.


California Students Stressed

The California Student Aid Commission surveyed 76,000 students in all higher education sectors across California who submitted state and federal financial aid applications, including high school seniors who intend to enroll in college. One of the largest surveys of students during the COVID-19 pandemic found that many are dealing with lost income, housing disruption and uncertainty about whether to return to college.

OC sets coronavirus record; young people hit hard

For the first time, Orange County residents reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day, with young people accounting for the bulk of new infections.

The U.S. has reported over 3 million coronavirus cases

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has reported over 3 million coronavirus cases. The U.S. has the most cases of coronavirus of any country in the world.

The U.S. saw over 60,000 new cases yesterday

Yesterday, the U.S. reported more than 60,000 cases, the highest single day count since the pandemic began.

California’s COVID-19 hospitalizations remain at all-time high

Coronavirus hospitalizations remain at an all-time high in California with nearly 6,000 patients. This is a 3.4% one-day increase as almost 200 patients were admitted.

Loaner laptops and hot spots available at no cost at OC One-Stop Center

The County of Orange and OC One-Stop in Garden Grove offer job seekers free access to apply for jobs. OC One-Stop will provide free loaner laptops and internet in addition to hiring services such as career transition services and employment services to businesses.

Harvard and MIT sue Trump administration for possibly forcing international students to leave

Harvard and MIT sued the Trump administration over its guidance on not allowing foreign students to stay in the states and take online-only courses this fall semester.

Petition asks OC Health Care Agency to report COVID-19 in restaurants

In a petition that now has over 900 signatures, a resident is calling on the Orange County Health Care Agency to post a list of eateries with COVID-19 exposure. The resident hopes this would be similar to how restaurants post about rats and roaches. Once the petition has 1,000 signatures, the resident plans to present to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

KPCC, July 7, 2020 (Audio)
COVID AMA: Is Covid-19 airborne?

CNBC, July 7, 2020
What do you do when your internship is canceled? College students need to get creative and adapt this summer

The Pew Charitable Trusts, July 8, 2020 
Election experts warn of November disaste

Orange County Register, July 7, 2020
USC, UC, CSU, Loyola Marymount praise international students in wake of ICE directive

VOA, July 7, 2020
What is known about ICE’s rule change for foreign students

U.S. News & World Report (Kaiser Health News), July 7, 2020 (Contributor)
Health care workers frustrated by fight over masks

TPM, July 8, 2020
As COVID surges again, experts forecast hundreds of thousands more US deaths

Voice of OC, July 8, 2020
Hospital workers ring alarm bells, say fountain valley hospital could be coronavirus hotspot

EdTech, July 7, 2020
Emerging technologies for tracking COVID-19 in higher ed

The Atlantic, July 7, 2020

NHL- Anaheim Ducks, July 7, 2020
Ducks & Honda Center partner with UCI Health for additional blood drives


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