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October 27- Updates on COVID-19

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If you leave your place, cover your face.

Graphic by Mark Bustamante


Fire update and resources

Campus operations remained closed today due to the fires and smoke. UCI takes your safety very seriously and encourages you to take appropriate precautions when learning, living, and working at UCI. As OCFA firefighters continue to battle the Silverado and Blue Ridge Fires, we want to make sure that you are aware of UCI’s emergency resources.

Budget update

Interim Provost Hal Stern shares a budget update and priorities for the next several years.

Mental health resources for faculty and staff

In this new remote environment, Faculty and Staff Support Services would like to share with you a new resource developed specifically for faculty and staff. Now, UCI faculty and staff can find a curated list of pre-recorded webinars available on demand on pertinent mental health topics for UCI and UCI Health employees.

Case count

One student has tested positive for coronavirus since yesterday. Check the UCI Dashboard for daily updates.


Safe outdoor, physically distanced activity

Students tie-dying masks

Student residents promote mask safety and show off how they make their mask work for their own styles by designing tie-dye masks at a recent student housing event. #WorkyourMask Photos by Corey Tull.


UC students: Make your voices heard by voting on UC campuses

Nearly every UC campus will have voting centers with safety precautions in place to protect against COVID-19, as well as drop boxes available for voters to submit their mail-in ballots. Through social media, educational content and a customized voter and civic engagement website, UC is empowering students, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees across the system to register to vote and cast ballots on or before Election Day.


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

OC Health Care Agency invites students to enter art, writing or video contest

With many teachers, parents and students struggling with changing school re-opening models, the OC Health Care Agency is offering a fun, creative contest for Orange County K12 students to enter with the chance to win needed technology supplies for their schools. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Nov. 19.

Fall surge sees nearly half a million new cases in one week

In just one week, the fall surge of COVID-19 infections in the US added nearly half a million cases to the national total. The past seven days have seen 489,769 new cases.

Half of adults feel colleges were right to bring back students

In a new report from the Pew Research Center, about 50% of adults surveyed said that it was the right decision to bring back students for in-person instruction, while 48% said it was wrong.

Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody drug testing will end

Eli Lilly will stop recruiting new patients for its antibody treatment against COVID-19 because the drug was unlikely to help hospitalized patients. 

Texas now tied with California for most COVID-19 cases

As of yesterday, Texas has met California for most COVID-19 cases in the nation. New cases in Texas increased at a rate of 19 percent over the past two weeks compared to 15 percent in California.

WHO says we are ‘well behind the virus’

The World Health Organization warned Monday that some countries may need to shut down their nonessential businesses again as a way to take the “heat” out of their worsening coronavirus outbreaks.


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. 

How to pick a pumpkin, anteater-style

The San Diego Zoo shared this Anteater video on its Instagram on how to pick the perfect pumpkin in time for Halloween.

A love of restaurants extends to a unique clientele during COVID-19

This freelance food writer copes with COVID-19 and missing going to restaurants by opening a tiny restaurant for chipmunks.


Third-year math Ph.D. student Jessica Schirle shared how she recently been making crosswords - here’s her latest creation.

Third-year math Ph.D. student Jessica Schirle shared how she recently been making crosswords - here’s her latest creation.

What have you been up to during the pandemic? Send photos and/or words about your activities, workstation, volunteering or academic adventures to marketing@uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.