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May 15 - Updates on COVID-19

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UCI and County of Orange partner on large-scale COVID-19 infection survey

UCI is partnering with the Orange County Health Care Agency to participate in a rigorous, large-scale, population-based study that will generate a more accurate estimate of the true prevalence of the pandemic in Orange County – which, with 3.2 million people, is the sixth-largest county in the U.S. The survey will involve serological testing of a representative sample of 5,000 Orange County residents to determine if they have COVID-19 antibodies.

UCI’s Program in Public Health opens public COVID-19 chatline

The Program in Public Health COVID-19 chatline is available now for general questions about COVID-19. The chatline is open to the public and is staffed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST and Sat/Sun: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST. There is a Live Chat link to speak with a chatline operator to help answer your questions. If you wish to speak with an operator outside of these hours, you can leave an offline message and it will be answered as soon as the chatline opens for the day.


Korea’s Response to COVID-19: A Lesson to be Learned

UCI’s Center for Critical Korean Studies is offering the virtual event Korea’s Response to COVID-19: A Lesson to be Learned, on May 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. South Korea has proven itself as a model in its response to COVID-19. As a site of early spread before the pandemic reached global proportions, Korea quickly put in place systematic measures for effectively containing the virus. The event is Co-sponsored by the UCI Humanities Center, Department of East Asian Studies, and Center for Asian Studies. Registration is required.


Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education

On May 13, President Trump and the CDC released guidance for colleges and universities on how to develop, implement and maintain a plan to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.

Four new sites for COVID-19 testing in Orange County

The OC Health Care Agency has partnered with the California Department of Public Health to launch four new testing sites in the cities of Buena Park, Orange, Santa Ana and San Juan Capistrano.

CVS opens testing sites

CVS Health announced that it will open dozens of coronavirus testing sites this week, with hundreds more to follow in the coming weeks.

FDA issues guidance on thermal imaging systems for mass temperature testing

The FDA has released new guidance on the use of thermal imaging systems to measure skin surface temperature when screening for COVID-19.

Orange County mayors and supervisors request urgent federal funding

All of Orange County’s mayors and supervisors are calling on Congress and President Trump for “immediate, direct funding” to all local governments in the next stimulus bill.

CDC issued health advisory for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

The CDC issued a health advisory to thousands of doctors across the U.S. advising them to be on the lookout for the new syndrome in children that may be associated with COVID-19.

Governor Newsom proposed a new California budget 

Yesterday, Governor Newsom proposed a slimmed-down state budget. California is facing its first deficit in eight years due to the coronavirus pandemic. The state colleges will deal with a reversal in fortunes. In January, Newsom proposed a 5% increase of funds for the University of California and Cal State systems. Both systems now face 10% cuts without additional federal aid.

Restarting college sports is up to each individual school

According to the NCAA president, the decision to restart college athletics will be up to each individual school, similar to how each school is deciding if in-person classes will be held in the fall.

Retail sales plunge a record 16.4% in April

In April, retail sales plunged 16.4%, which was far worse than the predicted 12.3%. This is a record drop since data was first compiled in 1992.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

ABC7, May 15, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine researchers to conduct antibody testing for Orange County

Business Insider, May 15, 2020
Some back-of-the-envelope math reveals the risk in relying on even the best antibody tests to tell us who’s had the coronavirus

Voice of OC, May 15, 2020
Orange County Could See Great Depression Era Unemployment From Coronavirus Impact

Daily Pilot, May 14, 2020
New training program could better protect Orange County nursing home workers and residents from coronavirus

Patch, May 14, 2020
How Would Coronavirus Affect You? UC Irvine Makes Bold Prediction

My News LA, May 14, 2020
Orange County Coronavirus Cases Up by 229

Huntington Beach News, May 14, 2020
Marina High Student puts together a food/mask drive for vulnerable community members of Orange County affected by COVID-19

My News LA, May 14, 2020
UCI Health Reports Development of Medical Predictive Too

Daily Pilot, May 14, 2020
Virtual ceremonies, care packages & online yearbooks: O.C. colleges find creative ways to toast Class of 2020

The Seattle Times, May 14, 2020
Study shows human speech creates long-lasting airborne droplets – a coronavirus transmission risk

Orange County Register, May 14, 2020
Rigorous coronavirus antibody testing coming to Orange County

Daily Pilot, May 13, 2020
Commentary: Patients with anxiety are faring fairly well but they may be avoiding underlining causes

McKnight’s, May 13, 2020
Let’s talk about you: COVID-19 self-care tips for caregivers

Yahoo! May 13, 2020
Surf’s up and so are new beach rules to prevent virus spread

The Street, May 13, 2020
Bankruptcy courts ill-prepared for tsunami of people going broke from coronavirus shutdown

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, May 13, 2020
Online Education Offers New Ways to Identify and Support At-Risk Students