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December 3 - Updates on COVID-19

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Surfer dudes Chad and JT, spreading positive mask vibes.


12 new cases

Seven students and five employees tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the number of active cases on campus to 32 (17 students, 15 faculty and staff). For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.


How UC campuses have managed COVID-19

As the system’s 10 campuses prepared last week to break for the holiday, infection rates were lower than in their surrounding areas across the board, according to campus and community dashboards. The New York Timesinterviewed UC President Dr. Michael Drake about the trend.


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 TimesWall Street Journal and OC Register for students, faculty and staff.

Here’s when we’ll know the impact of Thanksgiving

Any initial uptick in cases should appear by tomorrow, experts say. And a clearer picture of the fallout from holiday gatherings should emerge by Dec. 10.

Vaccines may leave some with brief chills, aches, fever

Researchers worry that potential temporary side effects may lead some people to skip the second dose. Both vaccines are about 95% effective, but only if people get both shots.

Judge orders L.A. County to show evidence for outdoor dining ban

County health officials must produce scientific evidence and a cost-benefit analysis to justify their ban on outdoor dining, a judge ruled Wednesday in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the order.

Europe’s schools stay open and relatively safe amid surge

“It is still difficult for me to understand why schools are closed in the United States,” a Finnish specialist in pediatric infectious diseases said. “Schools are not driving the epidemic.”

What pandemic? Holiday TV movies opt for escapism

TV shows are adopting varying approaches to COVID, with sitcoms like “The Conners” embracing it and series like “Mom” ignoring it. But when it comes to holiday movies, escapism rules.

California mandates weekly virus testing for healthcare workers

The California Department of Public Health announced that all acute-care hospitals in the state must test healthcare workers weekly for COVID-19.


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.

Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life for he

Inspired by Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean, a janitorial company owner turned his yard into a buccaneer’s paradise filled with skeletons, treasure chests and a replica Spanish galleon.

Wildlife photography contest nominees

A roundup of finalists in the People’s Choice category.


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.