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May 4 - Updates on COVID-19

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Continued Success for Spring Quarter 2020 – video

Join Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning Michael Dennin as he reflects on the challenges and successes of the first part of the UCI Spring 2020 Quarter with Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Doug Haynes, Vice Provost for Graduate Education Gillian Hayes and Vice Provost for Academic Personnel Diane O’Dowd. The panel then looks forward and comments on how we can continue the momentum and success into the second half of the academic quarter.

UCI Law commencement this Saturday

UCI Law’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. on May 9, 2020. Here are details.

Fidelity Financial Wellness Webinar: Navigating Market Volatility

Times of market volatility can be unsettling and can cause us to question our current investment plans for retirement, and whether we should take action. Join Fidelity Financial Services, our financial education vendor, at noon on May 5 via Zoom to learn more about:

  • What is happening in today’s financial market
  • Importance of having a financial plan and staying the course
  • How to avoid common pitfalls
  • How the UC Retirement team can help


Nurse researchers are leading the way

The global coronavirus pandemic presents unique opportunities and challenges to the faculty at the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. The crisis has altered the way they teach, hold meetings and conduct research. Many faculty have pivoted in-progress studies to apply them to our current reality. Others have started new COVID-19-related studies. Here is a round up of current nursing school research projects.

The story behind Big West’s Tournament cancellation

It was a whirlwind week, March 8-13, for the Big West Conference as the coronavirus pandemic threatened the Big West Basketball Tournament and usual operations for member campuses.

UCI student-athletes past and present on the frontlines of health

Many former Anteater student-athletes have gone on to work in healthcare. UC Irvine Athletics wants to salute all of the healthcare workers, especially all of those at UCI Health who are working tirelessly and selflessly to defeat the virus and save lives daily.

Healthy sleep in times of stress

If you find that you have been having trouble falling asleep, or that your sleep is interrupted, or if you are waking up feeling less rested and feeling more tired, you are not alone. Disturbed sleep is a common response to stress. Luckily, there are ways to support yourself and improve your sleep, ensuring that you stay resilient and healthy during these unprecedented times.


Napolitano says UC campuses must have contact tracing, testing plans to reopen

Testing and contact tracing programs for the coronavirus will be required for University of California campuses to reopen in the fall, said system president Janet Napolitano.

UC Hospitals gradually resume essential services based on 10 principles

The University of California’s hospitals announced a gradual resumption of essential services at all five medical centers across the state. Each UC Health location has developed resumption plans to meet the needs of its community while following systemwide principles and receiving guidance from local public health officials. Here are the 10 UC Health principles.

Resources and strategies for coping with market volatility

A big drop in the stock market is enough to give any investor pause. Visit the www.myucretirement.com site for resources to help you learn what to consider when market volatility increases, including a video from Jagdeep Singh Bachher, Chief Investment Officer for the University of California, discussing the benefits of staying your course during volatile markets.


Governor Newsom says reopening California will begin this week

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that some retail stores across the state can reopen with modifications as early as Friday amid growing pressure to ease the stay-at-home order. Under the new guidelines, bookstores, music stores, toy stores, florists, sporting goods retailers and others can reopen for pickup as early as Friday. He said more detailed guidelines on the businesses that can reopen would be released later this week.

Standardized testing questioned by nation’s top college admissions group

The National Association for College Admissions Counseling, the largest membership organization of admissions professionals, has published a statement questioning standardized testing in college admissions.

White House’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ looking at 3 or 4 vaccines

The goal of the White House’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ is to create a vaccine quickly, with hopes of having six to eight vaccines go through rounds of trials. The goal is to have three to four vaccines make it through final rounds and made available to the public.

Remdesivir to arrive in hospitals this week

According to the CEO of Gilead Sciences, remdesivir will become available for U.S. hospitals this week. The company has donated 1.5 million vials to the U.S. government, which is enough to treat 150,000 to 200,000 patients.

FDA requires antibody test makers to get emergency authorization

The US Food and Drug Administration is now requiring COVID-19 antibody test makers to seek FDA authorization. This new protocol requires manufacturers to submit emergency authorization requests, along with validation data for their tests, within 10 business days.

U.S. Supreme Court live streams oral arguments

For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed millions of Americans to listen to its proceedings live as the justices convened to hear oral arguments by teleconference.

President Trump predicts coronavirus deaths could hit 100,000

President Trump now has predicted the U.S. will see between 75,000 to 100,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus.

Stanford considering teaching in tents in the fall

Stanford University is considering teaching some classes outdoors in tents during the fall as it plans for a partial resumption of campus activity amid the coronavirus pandemic, the school’s provost said.

Orange County launches Great Plates Delivered to support seniors and local businesses

The County of Orange (County) is pleased to announce the launch of the Great Plates Delivered program to support seniors and local businesses needing assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. The County will partner with multiple local food providers to deliver three nutritious meals a day to adults 65 and older and adults 60-64 who are at high-risk from COVID-19, to support them staying home and healthy. The program will also serve as a form of economic relief to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

The New York Times, May 4, 2020
The pandemic may mean the end of the open-floor office

Orange County Business Journal, May 4, 2020
UCI’s COVID-19 task force makes strides

Orange County Business Journal, May 4, 2020
COVID-19: First the coast, now inland

Orange County Register, May 3, 2020
Why is Orange County’s coronavirus death rate lower than its neighbors’?

Wired, May 3, 2020
Zoom not cutting it for you? Try exploring a virtual world

Bakersfield, May 2, 2020
County’s testing capacity – a possible path out of shutdown – set to grow

Spectrum News1, May 1, 2020
Numbers expert says California should reopen economy slowly or else “dam will burst”

ACLU, May 1, 2020 (Podcast)
A COVID-19 balancing act: Public health and privacy

Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2020
Warning that coronavirus cases could rise, ACLU sues O.C. sheriff to free more inmates

Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2020
I’m a boomer afraid of the coronavirus. My millennial roommate thinks it’s a joke

Breitbart, May 1, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis shames media, outbreak models’ doomsday predictions: Off by nearly 500k in Florida

Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2020 (Op-Ed)
Op-Ed: My small medical practice was struggling. And then the coronavirus pandemic hit

India West, May 1, 2020
UCI Health clinician Alpesh Amin launches clinical trial to test remdesivir

Voice of OC, May 1, 2020
Orange County residents protest Gov. Newsom’s beach closure as coronavirus cases increase

Mercury News, April 29, 2020 (Subscription)
University of California, state college systems ‘profiting from this pandemic,’ student lawsuits claim

WalletHub, Apr. 27, 2020
Social distancing survey: 36 million Americans’ #1 way to cope is online shopping