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October 28- Updates on COVID-19

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Maintain physical distancing graphic, keep one anteater apart graphic

Graphic by Mark Bustamante


Is the election causing you stress?

The UCI Counseling Center has put together a variety of resource materials in their Election Stress Took Kit, along with arranging several open (zoom) drop-in spaces for undergraduate and graduate students to check-in and process their reactions (flyer linked here). Please note all students are welcome in these spaces and the focus will be on processing stress and reactions, not any specific party affiliations. Check out the Counseling Center Resources page on their website for additional resources and information related to coping with election stress. Please check out the Counseling Center website for additional information and resources about Counseling Center services or call us today at (949)-824-6457.


ZotTube - Where to vote on campus this year

The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the voting process this election year. So where can Anteaters drop off their ballots on campus? And what methods can students use to find out more about the candidates and issues? In this 6-minute video, ZotTube interviewer Karla Galvan speaks with Amanda Hughes, the community relations manager at UCI, to find out.


Are you on Instagram? Check out the handle @peter.themaskwearer run by a student anteater pledge ambassador to see fun ways to stay safe and cool memes, too.

Antibody screening finds COVID-19 nearly 7 times more prevalent in O.C. than thought

Testing a representative sample of Orange County residents for a wide range of coronavirus antibodies, UCI researchers found that 11.5 percent of them have antibodies for COVID-19, in contrast to previous estimates of less than 2 percent. UCI researchers led the actOC project in partnership with the OC Health Care Agency, which provided funding, testing sites and input on the study’s survey methods and scripts.

UCI researchers say cascading traumas tax coping skills

The year 2020 has been marked by unprecedented cascading collective traumas. Individuals have simultaneously had to contend with the pandemic, economic recession, social unrest and weather-related disasters, while watching them unfold real-time in the media. UCI researchers warn that the mental health consequences of these compounding stressors may be profound, ranging from short-term anxiety to longer term depression and post traumatic stress disorder.


President Drake named Chair of UC’s Free Speech Center

University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., has been appointed chair of UC’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. Founded in 2017 and housed both on the campus of UC Irvine and at the UC Washington Center in Washington, D.C., the Center brings together visiting fellows, legal scholars, social scientists, journalists and others to conduct research, hold workshops and mentor UC students. The Center’s National Advisory Board is co-chaired by UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman and UC Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.


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

Orange County sees reversal in progress on two COVID-19 metrics

Orange County’s case rate rose to 5.1 new cases per day per 100,000 from 4.6 cases per 100,000 last week. The increase in cases is planting Orange County more firmly in the red tier of the state’s pandemic tracking system.

California is planning how vaccines will be prioritized

Gov. Newsom said the state is moving forward with planning how vaccines will be prioritized among Californians when they arrive. Newsom said the first wave of vaccines would go to healthcare workers, essential employees, and vulnerable groups, such as nursing home residents.

California added back to NY, NJ and CT Travel Advisory requiring travelers to quarantine

After being removed from this list on September 15, Californians once again are being asked to quarantine when traveling to NY, NJ and CT.

The CDC has updated its Toolkit for people ages 15 to 21

Visit the CDC website to see FAQs, posters, fact sheets, social media, videos and PSAs for this age group.

More than half of US states reported their highest day of COVID-19 this month

The fall surge of coronavirus across the US has seen increased rates of COVID-19, with 29 states reporting at least one record high day of new cases since the beginning of October. In total, there are now more than 8.7 million infections across the nation.

Dr. Fauci says it could be 2022 before normalcy

Even though Dr. Fauci believes a coronavirus vaccine will become available in the next few months, he says we are unlikely to be able to go about our normal lives until the end of next year or perhaps 2022.

Canada had its Thanksgiving and now it’s having a COVID-19 spike

Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October and case counts in much of Canada are climbing. A Thanksgiving-related spike in Canada may serve as a cautionary tale for the United States.


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. 

This dog has worn a different Halloween costume every day this month

There’s a dog in Texas dazzling more than 13,000 followers on Instagram with his Halloween costumes. Toad, known by his handle Goodboy.Toad, is delighting fans with #toads31daysofhalloween, a hashtag people can follow to see him wearing a different Halloween costume every day of October.


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.