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August 7 - Updates on COVID-19

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Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


COVID death

It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the passing of one of our colleagues from COVID-19. Although the employee had been working remotely for several months and did not contract the virus on campus, this marks the first time someone in our community has succumbed to the pandemic.


Virtual Lunch with Leadership

Doug Haynes

Fresh off the launch of a website to help UCI confront anti-Blackness, Doug Haynes, vice chancellor, diversity, equity and inclusion, will be the featured guest in the next 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. Tuesday. Registration is required.


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.

Despite virus surge, U.S. added jobs in July

Unemployment fell from 11.1% to 10.2% and the economy added 1.8 million jobs, despite a surge in COVID-19 cases and additional business shutdowns.

Cuomo says NY schools can reopen in-person this fall

The governor said low infection rates make it safe for teachers and students to return to classrooms.

The mask slackers of 1918

As a flu pandemic raged in the U.S., masks of gauze and cheesecloth became the facial front lines in the fight against the virus. But they also stoked political divisionand resistance.

Orange County launches SafeDineOC

SafeDineOC incentivizes Orange County restaurants to follow California Department of Health guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Restaurant owners can apply for a $1,000 grant per restaurant to help take steps to create a coronavirus-safe environment.

Virus cases rising in younger people

According to the World Health Organization, the COVID-19 pandemic is moving into younger populations, with cases skyrocketing in children, teens and young adults.

Calif. colleges scramble to open without state guidance

Just days before the fall semester is set to begin, California colleges and universities are scrambling to finalize reopening plans amid complaints that the state’s lack of guidance has frustrated efforts to bring back limited in-person learning and dorm living.

International travel advisory lifted

The State Department has lifted its blanket advisory against international travel nearly five months after urging Americans to stay home.

Virus forecasters see death toll of 300,000 by Dec. 1

Researchers behind an influential coronavirus model are now projecting the U.S. death toll could reach nearly 300,000 by Dec. 1. Researchers say wearing masks could change this outcome.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

Wired, Aug. 7, 2020
A ‘COVID Slide’ could widen the digital divide for students

Well+Good, Aug. 6, 2020
Why some experts think the pandemic is a breeding ground for pre-traumatic stress disorder

KPCC, Aug. 6, 2020 (Audio)
What are the ethical considerations when deciding who gets the coronavirus vaccine first?

Orange County Register, Aug. 6, 2020
Coronavirus hospitalizations dip in Orange County, but ‘we’re not out of the woods’

Forbes, Aug. 7, 2020
Time to be a tech services disruptive leader during pandemic

Voice of OC, Aug. 6, 2020
Scores of Orange County elementary schools move to reopen classrooms


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