April 29 - Updates on COVID-19
UCI Health celebrates delivering its 100,000th vaccine dose this week.
TODAY’S CAMPUS UPDATES
No new campus cases*
No student residents or on-campus employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
GENERAL COVID-19 NEWS
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.
Southern California water parks prepare to reopen
State officials issued health and safety guidelines for water parks on Wednesday. Several plan to reopen next month.
O.C. cities gear up for July 4 parades, fireworks shows
Huntington Beach, Dana Point and Yorba Linda are among the towns preparing to resume Independence Day celebrations, but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.
Another reason to get vaccinated? To avoid sepsis
Everyone with severe COVID gets sepsis, experts warn, and it kills one out of three coronavirus patients. But vaccination greatly reduces the odds of severe COVID infection.
NYC mayor wants city to ‘fully reopen’ July 1
New York City aims to have its restaurants, shops and stadiums operating at full capacity on July 1, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, although his authority to lift restrictions on businesses is somewhat limited.
USC requires vaccinations for students, employees
USC announced Wednesday that it intends to require all students, faculty and staff returning for on-campus classes and activities this fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. More than 100 colleges have said they’ll require students to get coronavirus vaccines to attend in-person classes, according to a New York Times survey.
US cruises could restart by mid-July, CDC says
Cruising could restart in mid-summer in American waters, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday in a letter to the cruise industry.
HOPE, INSPIRATION, LAUGHTER
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.
Satire: CDC urges wearing seat belts even outside the car
According to the Babylon Bee humor site, the new guidelines are especially important if you’re in a crowded park because the “risk of collisions leading to bone breaks or concussions dramatically increases in large groups of people.”
‘Citizen Kane’ is no ‘Paddington 2,’ says RottenTomatoes
After an 80-year-old review resurfaced that criticized Orson Welles’ 1941 classic, the website recalculated and had to remove “Citizen Kane” from its 100% favorably reviewed club.
From UCI Health’s Department of Pediatrics, Community Outreach Manager Bri Vi and Pediatric Operations Manager Steven Carter.
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