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September 9 - Updates on COVID-19

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pre-pandemic stroll

A pre-pandemic stroll through Aldrich Park. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI.


Updated rules for fall and beyond

UCI has had to develop temporary policies to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as we work toward the reengagement of campus operations. Please visit the UCI coronavirus web hub to see the newest Executive Directives signed by Chancellor Gillman. These directives supersede some existing policies or portions of them, and while they are temporary, the end date is not stated as the university continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 environment. The executive directives address: face coverings, gatherings, the daily symptom check, travel, training and invited guests/visitors.

Non-compliance response procedures

COVID-19 related campus procedures and executive directives are intended to keep the UCI community healthy by limiting the spread of COVID-19. Members of the UCI community are expected to behave in ways that respect the health of others. This webpage provides guidelines on how specific groups should address face masks, physical distancing and other situations of non-compliance.


Remote learning success video

The Division of Undergraduate Education has developed a 5-minute video to help students with what they need to know to prepare for remote learning success.

Town hall for graduate students and postdocs

The Graduate Division has been hosting monthly town halls in an effort to answer students’ questions and concerns during this unprecedented time. This month’s focus will be on the return to campus and as always please be sure to use this form to ask your questions ahead of time. The town hall takes place Friday, September 11, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 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.   

Concert hall closed? Bring music to the streets

With concert crowds severely restricted by coronavirus rules, the New York Philharmonic is bringing music to the streets in a “pull-up” concert series. It all starts with a giant Ford F-250, dubbed The Bandwagon, and the drill is simple: Pull up somewhere, stop, play for a few minutes and pack it up. Whether it’s a stirring Purcell aria or a quintessential Big Apple jam from Gershwin, the musicians say it restores a precious connection they have with their city.


This section curates noteworthy coronavirus news, trends and opinions. No endorsement by UCI is implied. 
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.

Free Latino COVID-19 testing

On Thursday, September 10 at Santa Ana High School, Latino Health Access will administer COVID-19 tests for all who meet the criteria.

It is rare to catch COVID-19 in hospitals

Although many people have been avoiding essential care due to fears of catching COVID-19, new research published suggests it is rare for people to catch the virus while at the hospital.

131 OC elementary schools granted waivers for in-person instruction

Of 139 schools, 131 schools won approval from both county Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau and the California Department of Public Health to proceed with in-person instruction.

LA County bans trick-or-treating due to the coronavirus

Trick-or-treating will not be allowed in Los Angeles this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes no door-to-door trick-or-treating, no trunk or treating, no parties and no carnivals/festivals.

Nine vaccine makers sign safety pledge for COVID-19 vaccine

To uphold “high ethical standards,” nine vaccine makers have signed a joint pledge. This means they won’t seek premature government approval for any COVID-19 vaccine that is developed.

Reopening California theme parks

Gov. Newsom said California is “getting closer” to reopening Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and other theme parks, and conversations are ongoing.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

Science, Sept. 8, 2020
Why COVID-19 is more deadly in people with obesity—even if they’re young

California Healthline, Sept. 8, 2020
Exercise and diet are more important than ever with virus at large

The Sacramento Bee, Sept. 8, 2020
Trump says pandemic is ‘hopefully’ near end. What do experts say about a second wave?

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 8, 2020
Pacific Symphony postpones 2020-21 season

BestLife, Sept. 8, 2020
This is when experts say the next COVID surge will happen in the U.S.

MarketWatch, Sept. 9, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: America’s ‘elites’ are failing in the COVID-19 pandemic and that’s pushing U.S. voters towards right-wing populism

Broadway World, Sept. 8, 2020
16 college students share their back to school experiences

HealthDay, Sept. 9, 2020
Vaccine maker halts trial following unexplained illness in volunteer


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