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June 25 - Updates on COVID-19

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Looking back at the first 100 days

It’s been 100 days since Gov. Newsom issued his statewide shutdown order. Reflecting on the milestone, UCI Health compiled some interesting statistics from that period of time, including:

  • Number of patients cared for by telemedicine: 48,620
  • Number cared for in person: 113,730
  • Total COVID-19 patients to date: 879
  • Current COVID patients in-house: 55

UCI Health was also the first Orange County hospital to conduct in-house COVID-19 testing – with nearly 23,670 diagnostic tests and more than 1,650 antibody tests completed so far.

UCI’s OC-COVID19.org launches weekly newsletter

Powered by UCI and UCI Health, OC-COVID19.org features current headlines, research, FAQs, expert advice from UCI doctors and researchers, and much more. You can sign up for the site’s new weekly email newsletter at the bottom of the homepage.


Anteater Insider: The return of UCI Athletics

Plans to safely bring back sports this fall are discussed by Paula Smith, UCI’s director of intercollegiate athletics, in a new episode of the Anteater Insider podcast.

How seeing your doctor has changed

Reconfigured waiting rooms, video visits, COVID screenings, safety gear and other measures are being used to protect patients and staff at UCI Health clinics. Read about all the changes here.


UC group seeks student lobbyists

As government leaders in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., face tough budget decisions from the economic fallout of COVID-19, the UC Advocacy Network is looking for new student ambassadors for the 2020-21 school year. The program enables students to flex their political power and influence state and federal higher education policies. Learn more and apply here.


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.

Under coronavirus lockdown, a Philippine priest hits the streets

Dressed in protective gear, he visits Manila’s slums to minister to the poor, and distribute food and face masks. If doctors, morticians and garbage collectors continue to serve in the shutdown, so should the church, he says.

Barcelona opera house reopens with performance to 2,292 plants

To mark the end of Spain’s virus shutdown, musicians played Puccini to an unusual sellout crowd.


Before face masks, Americans went to war against seat belts

In the early 1980s, fewer than 15% said they used seat belts consistently and most opposed enforcement laws. “There was a libertarian streak among resistors,” consumer safety advocate Ralph Nader says. “We are a very hard society to change cognitively.”

Newsom declares budget emergency to help tame virus

The governor’s move would enable the Legislature to tap California’s rainy-day fund for medical equipment and other items needed to deal with a recent spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

As cases rise, virus again takes advantage of human instinct

The natural first response is denial, which allows the virus to sneak up and overwhelm cities and states, experts say. What happened in New York could be happening again across the U.S., although some see glimmers of hope.

More than 20 million Americans may have had virus

The figure is 10 times the number of confirmed cases - and most of the cases never knew they had COVID-19, according to CDC estimates.

With Californians desperate to see each other, officials debate safe methods

Different areas of the state have different guidelines and advice on gatherings of friends and family.

Disneyland delays reopening

The theme park had hoped to reopen July 17, but state guidelines now won’t be ready in time, company officials said.

OC officials told Anaheim to squelch virus data

Critics say Orange County needs more transparency about where outbreaks are occurring.

Getting tested is becoming harder, frustrating recent protesters

Although L.A. County officials say it’s “highly likely” that recent demonstrations are fueling a surge in COVID-19 cases, protesters are having trouble getting tested for the virus.

Four SoCal counties drive dramatic rise in COVID cases

Health officials are worried about a rise in hospitalizations in Orange County and three other suburban areas.

Texas puts reopening on ‘pause’ as cases rise

Although the move doesn’t roll back previous orders that allowed much of the state’s economy to reopen, it slows down plans to expand occupancy levels at bars, restaurants, amusement parks and other venues.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

Spectrum News 1, June 25, 2020 (Video)
Orange County Sees Rise in COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths

NBC San Diego, June 25, 2020 (Video)
How to Work Effectively From Home: Tips From an Expert

International Business Times, June 24, 2020
Is There Another Coronavirus Treatment? What To Know About The Fast-Tracked Drug Aviptadil

Live Science , June 24, 2020
What have protests taught us about the coronavirus?

Politico, June 25, 2020
Canada, Covid, Kashmir — nothing to see here, says Beijing

University Business, June 24, 2020
Social media offers students a ‘lifeline’ in age of anxiety

Orange County Register, June 24, 2020
CSUF, UCI and Cal Poly Pomona professors team up for study to fight bias, racism in social media

Crosscut, June 9, 2020
A tattoo artist learns the essential work of tending to the dead


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