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June 29 - Updates on COVID-19

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Positive case

An undergraduate student has tested positive for COVID-19. The person was last on campus June 18 and has been in self-isolation at home since developing symptoms that evening. People who were in contact with the individual are being notified. For the current case count within the UCI community, please visit www.uci.edu/coronavirus.


What’s next: the future of compassion

In the latest installment of “What’s next,” a series of articles exploring how the pandemic may reshape the future, Richard Matthew, associate dean of research and international programs in the School of Social Ecology, discusses how to ward off emotional exhaustion as the pandemic is poised to strike the developing world.


3 in 4 Americans see universities as key to tackling global problems

A new survey co-sponsored by the University of California found widespread agreement that universities will play a vital role in addressing COVID-19 and other world challenges. But higher education drew unfavorable reviews in some areas.


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.

The wacky ways restaurants are enforcing social distancing

Cardboard dragons, well-dressed mannequins, stuffed animals and inner tubes are a few of the creative methods being used to keep diners at least 6 feet apart.

Saxophone player drawing crowds to his home

A retired doctor whose band played in local restaurants before the shutdown has begun performing through the window at his Fullerton house. Twice a week, he plays to sidewalk crowds who come from miles away with blankets, folding chairs and bottles of wine.


Scientist turns the coronavirus into music—Here’s what it sounds like

By translating genes into melodies, a researcher creates “an eerie yet oddly soothing medley of plucked strings, resonant reeds and harmonizing horns.”

Masks could help stop the virus. So why are they still controversial?

In Europe and the U.S., resistance to face coverings is strong. Experts blame confusing government advice and cultural misgivings. Even Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, a scientist, doesn’t wear a mask in public. And fewer than 10% of Scandinavians said they wear face coverings consistently.

Pence changes course: ‘Wearing a mask is a good idea’

During a weekend appearance in Texas, the vice president said face coverings could help curb the spread of COVID-19.

OC’s job picture still below pre-virus levels

As Orange County’s economy reopens, the unemployment rate climbed to 14.5% in May, compared with a peak of 10.1% during the Great Recession - and 2.4% a year ago.

43% of virus deaths tied to nursing homes, long-term care

The nation’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks have primarily affected institutions occupied by older residents with underlying health problems, according to a New York Times analysis.

City of Irvine amends mask order

The updated rules are designed to align with Gov. Newsom’s recent statewide order requiring face coverings to be worn outside the home while working, shopping and in public places.

University of California to undergo large changes in fall

Empty dorms. No large lectures. Roommates separated by plexiglass. College is going to look awfully different for students who attend UC campuses this fall.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

Orange County Register, June 28, 2020
Southern California hospitals gearing up for surge in coronavirus cases

National Geographic, June 26, 2020
Here’s how to stop the virus from winning

Orange County Business Journal, June 29, 2020
Once a model county, OC cases now rising

The New York Times, June 29, 2020 
Opinion: Bring on the 28th Amendment

AP, June 27, 2020
Low-income California zip codes see spike in virus cases 

ABC7, June 29, 2020 (Video)
COVID-19 vaccine might not get us the herd immunity we need, Dr. Fauci says

The Sacramento Bee, June 27, 2020
‘I refuse to bow to anybody.’ Rural California defies Gov. Newsom’s order to wear masks

Orange County Register, June 27, 2020
OC city leaders, health officials concerned by data showing coronavirus ‘hot spots’

ABA Journal, June 26, 2020
Afternoon Briefs: California law schools announce fall online classes

Politico, June 26, 2020
Newsom charges ahead as California virus cases reach new record

C&EN, June 29, 2020 
Pandemic strands graduate students and postdocs

Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2020
Some homeowners struggled to pay PACE improvement loans. The coronavirus made it harder


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UCI Coronavirus Information Hub - more information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health