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October 1 - Updates on COVID-19

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To the tune of Will Smith’s “Summertime,” Dean of Students Rameen Talesh, aka Rap Master Rameen, has created “Sanitize,” a music video extolling the virtues of masks, hand washing, sanitizer and social distancing.


All employees must take return-to-campus training by Oct. 9

All UCI employees, including those working remotely, must take the Return to On-Site Work training by Oct. 9. To date, 45% of employees have completed the training, which is required by Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health. The training is available through the UC Learning Center and can be searched for by title using the Find a Course function.


Population distribution can greatly affect COVID spread

Uneven population distribution can significantly affect the severity and timing of COVID-19 infections within a city or county, causing some communities to be hit much harder than others, even within the same area, according to a recent study led by UCI.


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

Correction: Census deadline extended

An item in yesterday’s UCI Forward newsletter erroneously said Sept. 30 was the last day to complete the 2020 Census. Federal courts have temporarily extended the deadline, although the legal battle continues. If you haven’t already completed the census form, you can do so here.

The students left behind by remote learning

Has a desire to keep COVID-19 out of schools put children’s long-term well-being at stake? ProPublica examines the situation.

Halloween is not canceled

An epidemiologist and mom outlines “lots of ways to celebrate without adding to the list of COVID-19 cases in your community.”

H&M to close 250 stores next year

As people increasingly shop online, H&M announced it will close 250 stores next year, 5% of its total store count.

Two-thirds of Americans miss cancer screenings during pandemic

According to a survey by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, nearly 64% of Americans have delayed or skipped scheduled cancer screenings because of the pandemic.

Hollywood fears movie theaters won’t survive COVID-19

Film industry officials issued a dire message about the movie theater industry, saying the nation’s cinemas may not survive the pandemic. A group representing movie studios, theater owners, and directors called on Washington lawmakers to provide relief for film exhibitors.


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. 

49 coronavirus and quarantine jokes

“Why did the chicken cross the road? Because the chicken behind it didn’t know how to socially distance properly.” Fatherly.com calls the collection of jokes a “pundemic.” Har!