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July 24 - Updates on COVID-19

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Maya Lin Fountain

Maya Lin fountain. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Editor’s note

We regret that yesterday’s update included an insensitive photo and caption. We are committed to ensuring better cultural understanding and inclusivity in our communications, and our “Throwback Thursday” missed the mark. We sincerely apologize to our community.

When work computers go on the fritz

As employees slowly return to on-campus job sites, the Office of Information Technology has adjusted its desktop support program to ensure safety and adhere to physical distancing. For computer issues that can’t be solved remotely, support staff will wear masks and request that employees leave their workstation during the in-person visit. For other issues, or to pick up new hardware, employees should visit the Administrative Modulars (Building 423 on the campus map) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. OIT will contact employees to arrange a pickup time and telephonically walk them through the process of connecting the equipment. For additional details, visit https://uci.edu/coronavirus/faq/index.php#staff.


Masks 101

A UCI Health infectious disease specialist, Dr. Shruti Gohil, explains the ins and outs of face coverings and “mask etiquette.”


Economy Update: Q2 and COVID

Christopher Schwarz, associate professor of finance and faculty director of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management, discusses the economy, stimulus news, the increase in COVID cases and Q2 earnings in a Tuesday webinar. Registration is required for the session, which begins at 11:30 a.m. and is co-sponsored by the Paul Merage School of Business and the Greater Irvine and Newport chambers of commerce.


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.

California teens create coloring book to teach kids about virus

The 28-page book also includes a child-sized mask, and a portion of the profits goes to a charity of the buyer’s choosing.


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.

Fauci to young Americans: ‘You are becoming part of the problem’

The nation’s top infectious disease expert spoke about the pandemic and what’s needed to curb the rise in cases.

Even gold-standard nations are now seeing outbreaks

The U.S. isn’t alone in struggling to rein in COVID. Nations lauded for fast and effective responses to the virus are now seeing large outbreaks, as it becomes clear that success in containing the virus is often only temporary.

As virus ravaged nursing homes, inspectors weren’t being tested

Citing inadequate protective gear, several California inspectors told the Los Angeles Times they are exposed to the virus nearly every day and could easily be spreading the disease.

K-6 schools can apply for waivers to reopen, but only with union support

The requirement to show teacher union support could give charter and private schools an advantage over public schools in qualifying for a waiver, officials said. Some Orange County schools are also interested in waivers.

Hundreds gather in Huntington Beach for ocean baptisms

Despite the outdoor setting, some health experts worry the events could spread the coronavirus.

Sweden split on herd immunity

Some doctors and scientists question the government’s numbers and approach to the virus.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

Voice of OC, July 23, 2020
Is Orange County turning the corner on coronavirus or headed off a cliff? A closer look at the numbers

Orange County Register, July 24, 2020
Orange County adds coronavirus contact tracers, trains for reaching diverse communities

NPR, July 24, 2020 (Audio)
States delay or cancel bar exams, leave many law graduates in limbo

Voice of OC, July 24, 2020
National Choreographer’s Initiative goes dark for the first time in 17 years


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