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July 21 - Updates on COVID-19

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Blooms and bikes. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


A positive case — and a bit of good news

Although a student living off-campus tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, there have been no confirmed campus employee cases for five days. This mirrors a decline in overall Orange County hospitalizations (-3%) and ICU cases 
(-4.5%) from their mid-July peaks, according to Orange County Health Agency figures. A cumulative case count for UCI campus employees and students is maintained at www.uci.edu/coronavirus.


Ready for a cognitive workout?

Need a new way to occupy your brain during the latest shutdowns? UCI’s Working Memory and Plasticity Lab is co-sponsoring a nationwide project in which volunteers play a memory training program, complete cognitive tests and fill out brief questionnaires. Participants are also eligible for prizes.


Anti-inflammatory cooking with Jessica

Chef Jessica Van Roo from the Anteater Test Kitchen will release her latest cooking video on Wednesday. On the menu: roasted salmon kasha bowl with pumpkin curry sauce; chia fruit pudding.

Virtual Lunch with Leadership

Sherry Main, assistant vice chancellor, public affairs, will be the featured guest in this installment of UCI’s lunch series, which offers staff employees a chance to engage in casual conversation with various campus leaders. The Zoom event will run from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday. Registration is required.


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.

Over-the-top outfits make social distancing easier

The creative garb includes a T-rex costume, a mobile cage, a laser hat, a shower curtain and sweeping petticoat skirts.

Teens fight coronavirus with a needle and thread

A pair of competitive figure skaters put their sewing skills to use making masks for such organizations as the Red Cross, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding in San Juan Capistrano.


Note: Some news organizations require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times and Wall Street Journal for students, faculty and staff.

How risk of virus transmission varies for kids and teens

High school students appear more likely to get and spread COVID-19 than elementary school students. Here’s what the data says so far.

Barbers, hair and nail salons can reopen outdoors

Gov. Newsom updated his coronavirus health orders to allow barbers, hair salons, nail salons and massage therapists to reopen if they conduct their services outside.

Actual case count may be 24 times higher than confirmed infections, CDC says

Depending on location, the true number of COVID-19 infections could range from six to 24 times higher than the number of confirmed cases, the CDC says. But the vast majority of Americans are still vulnerable, the agency says.

Does more testing create more cases?

A medical news site does the math on claims that COVID-19 cases are up only because testing has increased.

California records highest number of coronavirus cases

The Golden State reported its highest number of coronavirus cases in a single day on Monday with 11,554 infections. The tally broke the record from just a week ago when cases reached 11,142. Hospitalizations and death rates are also breaking records.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

The Washington Post, July 21, 2020
Most people in the United States are still susceptible to the coronavirus, CDC study finds

Voice of OC, July 20, 2020
OC residents can now get haircuts, nail work and massages but only outside, says Gov. Newsom

Orange County Business Journal, July 20, 2020
Irvine among recent COVID-19 surges

Bakersfield.com, July 20, 2020
Local hospitals seek ‘hundreds’ more workers as surge looms


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