March 30 - Updates on COVID-19
Campus Building Closures
Beginning April 3, 2020 at 9 p.m., all campus buildings will be secured to ensure their security and access to essential personnel only. The exterior doors normally unlocked during business hours will remain locked 24/7. Click on the links below for more information:
- Laboratory buildings
- General assignment classrooms and other instructional space
- All other academic buildings
As a reminder, we will continue to support those who are staying on campus and security patrols are being performed on a routine basis. A current list of closed buildings is posted on UCI’s COVID-19 website and will be routinely updated.
PPE Petition Drive
UCI School of Medicine students are hosting a personal protective equipment (PPE) drive from Monday, March 30 to Saturday, April 4. Please consider making a donation. UCI Medical Center is accepting the following supplies in unopened and unusedcondition:
- N95 Respirators
- Surgical Masks
- Face Shields
- Protective Goggles
- Disposable Gloves
- Hand Sanitizer
- Isolation Gowns
Drop off locations and dates:
3/30, 3/31, 4/1, 4/2 and 4/4
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Parking Lot
850 Health Sciences Road, Irvine, CA 92697
3/30, 3/31, and 4/1
8 a.m. to noon
Albertsons Ladera Ranch
27702 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite B, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Guidance on Human Research
Non-critical research has been halted, in accordance with the Vice Chancellor for Research’s shutdown message. However, all non-critical human subject research that can be performed from the homes/residences of the research team may continue. The updated guidance has been added to the HRP section of the Office of Research Continuity website.
Staff Resource Web Page
The UCI Human Resources Department has developed a coronavirus resources page that includes information about travel, telecommuting, child/elder care and more.
Summer Session Offered Through Remote Instruction
Given the current extraordinary conditions, summer session courses will be offered through remote instruction to the maximum extent possible. Ideally, all currently planned summer courses will continue to be offered. Changes to the planned offerings can be reviewed in the coming weeks. In an effort to avoid conflict with the transition to remote instruction during Week 1 of spring quarter, any discussion of summer session schedule changes will begin in Week 2. Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Michael Dennin will follow up with more information.
Payment Services Update
With campus access limited to essential individuals only, UCI Payment Services has temporarily modified its service offerings and procedures for payment card solutions, cashiering, and handling of deposits. For questions, please contact Payment Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIPAA Changes during COVID-19 State of Emergency
After California announced its first death from the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on March 5, 2020. Additionally, President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on March 13 further reduces privacy burdens on providers. This means that some HIPAA requirements have changed.
Graduate Student Technology Resources
As a reminder, UCI has two programs through which graduate students can get access to additional technology during this time of emergency distance learning. For graduate students who need a laptop to take classes, please use the loan program through the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. For graduate students who have a need for a laptop as an employee to teach, grade, or conduct sponsored research, please use the program through your hiring department. Using the correct program helps us to get the right support to the right place as quickly as possible.
Office Hours for Undergraduate and Graduate Divisions
Michael Dennin, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education, will be hosting a series of office hours for the next two weeks to help with the ramping up of the quarter. The Zoom link for the office hours is:https://uci.zoom.us/j/254764170.
These will be 4 - 5 p.m. on:
- Monday March 30
- Tuesday March 31
- Thursday April 2
- Tuesday April 7
- Wednesday April 8
- Thursday April 9
Gillian Hayes, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, will host office hours for the next two weeks. The Zoom link for the office hours is: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057.
- Monday, March 30: 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, March 31: 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 1: 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
- Thursday, April 2: 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- Friday, April 3: 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
UCI Virtual Resources
With the need to practice social distancing for the foreseeable future, the Office of Information Technology gathered virtual resources to make the transition to remote learning and working go more smoothly.
Delivery of Purchases
With many of our campus buildings closed, it is important to communicate delivery guidelines to vendors and delivery drivers. The guidelines are expected to remain in place until further notice. Email email@example.com with any questions.
UCOP Offers Guidance on Tuition and Fees
The UC Office of the President offered guidance regarding the assessment of student tuition and fees during the terms affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The University has not changed its policies or practices related to refunds during this time. Tuition and fees continue to help cover costs related to instruction and student services such as registration, financial aid, remote academic advising, and activities. Students will continue to receive full credit for their coursework. UCI is following this guidance.
UC Statement on CARES Act
University of California President Janet Napolitano issued a statement on the $2 trillion bipartisan CARES Act.
COMMUNITY UPDATES AND NEWS
OC Residents Can Call Toll-Free Hotline for COVID-19 County Resources
Effective immediately, residents can now call 1 (833) 426-6411 for inquiries related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County, California. This hotline will provide resources specific to the Orange County COVID-19 response. Through the hotline, callers can be connected to the following county agencies:
- Orange County Health Care Agency – Health Referral Line, Behavioral Health Resources
- Orange County Social Services Agency – Risk Benefits
- Orange County Office on Aging – Resources for Seniors
- Orange County District Attorney’s Office – Scams, Price Gouging
- County of Orange Emergency Operations Center Hotline – Non-Medical Questions
United Way Relief Fund
As the nation responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, Orange County United Way is working to raise money for the creation of aPandemic Relief Fund, which will support: low-income individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness; the current OC population experiencing homelessness; low-income students; and partner non-profits.
OC Health Info Offers Resources for Mental Resilience
If you or a loved one are feeling anxiety, worry or fear related to the social disruption caused by COVID-19, you can reach out to these resources for support: Call 1 (855) OC-LINKS or visit www.ochealthinfo.com/oclinks Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to talk or chat with a trained, clinical navigator.
Federal Stimulus Package
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, (H.R. 748), which passed the Senate on March 25th in a 96-0 vote, authorizes $2 trillion in aid to help the economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other provisions, the bill provides direct instructions to the IRS on how to handle the distribution of $507 billion of “recovery rebates” to millions of Americans, by adding a new code section to the Internal Revenue Code. Read this summary of the CARES Act from a UCI Paul Merage MPAc student.
Possible Hazard Pay for Doctors & Nurses on Front Lines
Health care workers might not qualify for the personal checks included in the $2.2. trillion stimulus package signed into order last week. However, in an interview on “Fox & Friends” this morning, President Trump said he is “looking at” providingadditional pay for health care workers handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trump administration is also asking hospitals to consider bonuses for their employees.
Federal Extension of Social Distancing Until April 30
With the 15-day guidelines President Trump announced two weeks ago set to expire today, he extended the nationwide social distancing guidelines for another 30 days, until April 30, 2020.
UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List
CBS Los Angeles, March 30, 2020
Coronavirus: UC Irvine Students Hold Supply Drive For Masks, Face Shields For Health Care Workers
The Stem Cellar, March 30, 2020
CIRM Board invests $5 million in emergency funding for coronavirus
CNBC, March 30, 2020
Richard Branson’s rocket company Virgin Orbit to begin mass producing ventilators
Greater Good Magazine, March 30, 2020
How to Be Intentional About Consuming Coronavirus News
The American Prospect, March 29, 2020
Unsanitized: A Crisis to End All Crises
Yahoo Finance, March 28, 2020
Bill Gates on coronavirus: U.S. testing needs to increase ‘quite dramatically’
The Washington Post, March 28, 2020
Three months into the pandemic, here’s how likely the coronavirus is to infect people
Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2020
Isolation is hazardous to your health. The term ‘social distancing’ doesn’t help
Yahoo Finance, March 27, 2020 (Video)
Current U.S. COVID-19 cases are ‘drop in the bucket’: Epidemiologist
Quartz, March 27, 2020
Every expert opinion you’ve heard about wearing masks is right
Orange County Register, March 27, 2020
Orange County releases coronavirus case counts by city, announces 2 more deaths
The Washington Post, March 27, 2020
Republicans were more concerned about Ebola than they’ve been about coronavirus. Here’s why.
EdSource, March 27, 2020
Coronavirus crisis spurs high school seniors’ anxieties about college plans
The Washington Times, March 27, 2020
Joe Biden: Trump can’t postpone the election because of the coronavirus outbreak
Orange County Register, March 27, 2020
In the age of coronavirus, seniors and the people who help them are in need
WHYY, March 27, 2020 (Audio)
Safeguarding elections in a pandemic
KPCC, March 27, 2020 (Audio)
COVID-19: Difficult Ethical Considerations For Care And Treatment
Medium, March 26, 2020 (Video)
KCRW, March 26, 2020 (Audio)
2 Southern California doctors work to get more ventilators where they’re needed
International Business Times, March 26, 2020
Is The Coronavirus Outbreak In The US Causing Crime To Drop?
Becker’s Hospital Review, March 26, 2020
How companies, citizens, donors can best support hospitals amid COVID-19
Ms. Magazine, March 25, 2020
Weaponizing Racism in the Wake of COVID-19
Glamour, March 24, 2020
What to do if your anxiety about Coronavirus feels overwhelming