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August 13 - Updates on COVID-19

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Humanities Gateway

Humanities Gateway. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


New UCI Health Center for Advanced Care announced 

UCI is bringing world-class healthcare services to coastal and southern Orange County with plans to build the UCI Health Center for Advanced Care, which will be home to the Center for Children’s Health, adult specialty care, urgent care and other services needed in the region for the entire family. The 168,000-square-foot UCI Health Center for Advanced Care will be located in Irvine on Jamboree Road at the Birch Street intersection, in an undeveloped part of UCI’s North Campus area.

‘What’s Next’ videos

UCI was built for exactly the type of challenge we’re facing today under COVID-19. Check out the UCI What’s Next video and the UCI Health What’s Next video to see how we have the innovation, power and the tenacious spirit to solve the world’s biggest problems.

Case count update

One employee has tested positive for coronavirus since yesterday. For a cumulative campus case count, as well as how to report a case, please visit www.uci.edu/coronavirus.


UCI Podcast: The pandemic’s effect on campus free speech

The University of California’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement was formed in 2017 to foster dialogue about these kinds of free speech issues, and it’s housed at UC’s Washington, D.C. location. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman is the co-chair and Executive Director Michelle Deutchman is based here at UCI. The UCI Podcast spoke with her to get her take on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting campus free speech.

Supporting families with back to school resources from EAP

As part of your UCI Human Resources Wellness Program, your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), ComPsych Guidance Resources®, is offering support and resources for UCI employees and their families as children head back to school. Here is a Back to School Resource Guide to support you and your family in promoting a safe and healthy return to school for students of all ages. The guide includes information on back to school planning, cloth face coverings for children, planning for virtual learning, mental health maintenance, social-emotional well-being, and more.


4 tips for investing during a pandemic

In a recent Q&A with the Alumni Career Network a UC expert spoke about how this current economic crisis has affected individual finances and financial plans and offered some words of advice.


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. 

A little levity for our stressful coronavirus times - memes and one-liners

If laughter is the best medicine, it’s time for a heavy dose. In the age of the coronavirus, it’s easy to feel out of sorts and disconnected. Thankfully, and somewhat ironically, the internet provides ways for people to stay connected. One of the best ways is through humor.

How one 92-year-old is surviving shelter-in-place

Kathleen O’Neil is a retired mezzo-soprano opera singer who lives in La Mesa. Enjoy this commentary about how a self-described “people-person” who lives alone has spent her time during the pandemic, as well as a little wisdom that comes from being 92 years old.


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.

Orange County opens COVID-19 test site to elementary schools hoping for in-person classes

Anaheim Convention Center will host drive-through COVID-19 testing for OC elementary schools who seek to hold in-person classes.

One in three Americans would not get COVID-19 vaccine

According to a recent Gallup poll, 35% of Americans say they would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine, even if it was free, approved by the FDA, and available today.

More meetings occurring during remote work forcing companies to get creative

A recent report by researchers from Harvard Business School and New York University’s Stern School of Business shows the average length of meetings has dropped 20% since before the pandemic began. But while meetings have gotten shorter, we’re having more of them. The number of meetings increased by 13%, the report found.

New guidance on face coverings and testing for children

The American Academy of Pediatrics released three new sets of guidance on cloth face coverings for children, testing protocols for children, and personal protective equipment for pediatric medical providers.

Orange County Public Libraries continue to provide services

The Orange County Public Libraries continue to provide services through a contactless curbside pickup.

Mexican Consulate in L.A. opens coronavirus testing center

A coronavirus testing center has opened at the Los Angeles Mexican Consulate in an effort to better serve Latinos, who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

U.S. weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million

First-time jobless claims fell below 1 million last week, at 963,000, for the first time since March. Experts say this is a sign that the labor market is continuing its recovery.

CDC director asks Americans to do ‘four simple things’

Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC, asked Americans to do “four simple things” to fight COVID-19: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, be smart about crowds.

U.S. reports highest number of fatalities since May

Yesterday, the U.S. reported its highest number of COVID-19 deaths since May. There were a total of 1,499 deaths.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

KCAL9, Aug. 12, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine debuts county comparison site

ValueWalk, Aug. 12, 2020
Why investors should pay attention to job postings

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 12, 2020
COVID-19 cases down from peak

Education Dive, Aug. 12, 2020
Colleges look to apps that screen for virus symptoms and trace contacts

The Fresno Bee, Aug. 13, 2020
Coronavirus updates: Fresno County school defies state closure order? Will ‘strike teams’ work?

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 12, 2020 
Medical experts speak out against Anaheim councilwoman’s claim that wearing masks causes dental issues

Voice of OC, Aug. 10, 2020
South County cities top OC Coronavirus cases by percent increase; Santa Ana, Anaheim remain hardest hit

SF Gate, Aug. 13, 2020
Regional: Some classrooms will reopen for child care, though no in-person instruction


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