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September 15 - Updates on COVID-19

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Before fire season: Clouds over the School of Medicine reflect the setting sun. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI.


New positive case

A student tested positive for COVID-19 last week. This case was discovered separately from the mandatory screening of students who currently live in campus housing (results from those tests will be released later). For a cumulative campus case and recovery count, visit www.uci.edu/coronavirus.


The pandemic experience in prison

Via a new website, UCI faculty and grad students are raising money for supplies to help protect inmates and prison staff from the coronavirus.

Student move-in Q&A

A live question-and-answer session about what to expect during student move-in will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. on UCI Housing’s YouTube page.

How COVID affects Pacific Islanders

Brittany Morey, assistant professor of public health, will discuss the topic in a Zoom webinar Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1 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. 

Comedy wildlife photos

If you’re looking for some comic relief from recent headlines, these goofy animal snapshots may do the trick. You can see more finalists and vote for your favorites at the photo contest website.

Former Marine cheers nurses every day after COVID duty

Described as “the human embodiment of a pep rally,” security officer Robert Johnson, a 58-year-old ex-Marine, leads a daily cheer squad for nurses after their overnight shifts caring for COVID-19 patients in Downey.


This section curates noteworthy coronavirus news, trends and opinions. No endorsement by UCI is implied. Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and OC Register for students, faculty and staff

ICU cases in Orange County at lowest level in 5 months

The peak in Orange County was 722 confirmed hospitalizations on July 14 and as of yesterday, there were 193 confirmed hospitalizations. There were also 56 patients in intensive care units, the lowest number since April 16.

California sees lowest positive rate since March

Over the last seven days, California has seen just 3.5% of coronavirus tests come back positive, the lowest rate since reporting began in late March. A month ago, the positive rate was almost twice as high.

How one university’s impressive anti-virus plan faltered

An unexpected upswing in positive tests at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that even the most comprehensive approaches to limiting the virus’s spread can break down.

The NYC schools that didn’t close

The success of “regional enrichment centers” for the children of essential workers has calmed some parents’ fears about reopening all public schools.

550,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19

Since the onset of the pandemic, nearly 550,000 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

Theme park reopening guidelines requested

Anaheim officials and a theme park trade group appealed to the state for guidance on reopening Disneyland so they can better prepare.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

Politifact, Sept. 14, 2020
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally’s impact on the coronavirus, explained

KCET, Sept. 14, 2020
UC Irvine art department: Recontextualizing instruction during changing times