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July 23 - Updates on COVID-19

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1890 UC class

Once upon a time, way before online learning, a typical University of California class looked like this, circa 1890. Notice the different style of social distancing: men and women sitting separately.


UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge goes virtual this year

The reimagined annual fundraiser will kick off Aug. 8 as an eight-week wellness program in which teams and individuals participate in weekly fitness challenges ‒ biking, running or walking ‒ to accumulate miles, earn donations and qualify for prizes. Participants can also attend weekly online wellness classes and educational webinars featuring UCI Health faculty. The fundraiser concludes with a virtual celebration on Oct. 3. Proceeds go toward research at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

To learn more or register, visit anti-cancerchallenge.org.

How to report UCI workplace safety issues

Injuries, COVID-19 concerns and other campus safety issues should be reported to UCI Environmental Health & Safety, which also offers an online incident report form.

New positive case

A campus employee tested positive for COVID-19. Contacts are being notified and the person is recovering in isolation. A cumulative case count for UCI campus employees and students is maintained at www.uci.edu/coronavirus.


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.

The New Yorker magazine’s latest COVID cartoons

“Eric’s calling from camp again.” Scroll down on the literary magazine’s humor pageand you’ll find a batch of cartoons.

Is it OK to joke about the virus? Science weighs in

New research probes the psychology of dark humor. Experts say gallows humor is linked to optimism and can help people cope with negative emotions and events.


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.

Can you get COVID again? Very unlikely, experts say

Reports of second infections may be cases of drawn-out illness. A decline in antibodies is normal after a few weeks, and people are protected from the virus in other ways.

One in six U.S. museums may close forever if shutdowns continue

Financial reserves aren’t enough to keep most museums afloat for more than six months, officials say.

‘I don’t believe it’: Huntington Beach symbolizes mask resistance

More than any other place in California, this coastal town has become an emblem for opposition to coronavirus safety rules.

CHOC reports jump in COVID cases among children

Doctors at Children’s Hospital of Orange County say they’ve seen COVID-19 cases over the last couple of months double every two weeks. CHOC hospitals and clinics have logged 638 positive cases since mid-March, and the majority of those testing positive were school-aged children.

Jobless rate rises in U.S.

Another 1.4 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, according to the Department of Labor.

Why COVID-19 threatens student votes in California

Campus closures threaten to scatter students away from colleges this fall, when California will mail ballots to every registered voter as an alternative to in-person voting. The closures could thus discourage the efforts of campus groups, and make the prospects of turning out the college vote even more complicated.

420 million masks bought for state medical workers

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an enhanced state stockpile and the purchase of 420 million new protective masks to strengthen California’s response to COVID-19.

1 million U.S. cases reported in two-week span

The nation reported more Covid-19 infections in the last two weeks than for all of June, and today it surpassed a cumulative total of 4 million confirmed cases since the pandemic began.

Mazda returning to pre-virus production levels in August

The parent of Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations cited rising sales and projected high demand for its CX-9 SUV and MX-5 roadster.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

WebMD, July 22, 2020
What we know about COVID-19 and kids

ABC7, July 22, 2020 (Video)
Why is Orange County seeing big surge in coronavirus? Experts trace spread of disease

BYU Radio – Top of Mind with Julie Rose, July 22, 2020 (Audio)
Is it time to ditch cash?

Time, July 23, 2020
The coronavirus seems to spare most kids from illness, but its effect on their mental health is deepening

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 22, 2020
UC Irvine funds 19 projects to advance equity amid COVID-19 

The Sacramento Bee, July 22, 2020
Who’s handling coronavirus better, California or New York? It’s getting harder to tell

Bakersfield.com, July 22, 2020
10 deaths, 1,120 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday morning

Bakersfield.com, July 23, 2020
What’s behind the skyrocketing virus cases in Kern


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