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July 15 - Updates on COVID-19

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Positive cases

One graduate student has tested positive for coronavirus and is recovering in self-isolation. The individual has had no known campus contacts. Two employees have tested positive for coronavirus and are recovering in self-isolation at home. Those they may have come into contact with are being notified. Additionally, one formally positive employee has been deemed clinically recovered. For the up-to-date case counts, visit www.uci.edu/coronavirus.


Culinary medicine: The anti-inflammatory diet

Today everyone is bombarded with stressors, which can cause inflammatory issues. Incorporating anti-inflammatory eating habits into your diet can significantly reduce the way your body reacts to these stressors and potentially reduce or eliminate your need for drugs. Watch this cooking demo from the UCI Culinary Medicine Series on July 17 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required.

Ask the chef live: The importance of carbs in our diet

Nutrition is an important part of overall wellness. UCI Campus Recreation has partnered with UCI HR Wellness and UCI Health Weight Management to support the UCI community by offering many virtual nutrition and cooking education opportunities. Join the Anteater Test Kitchen this Friday, July 17, at 11:30 a.m. for a discussion on the importance of carbohydrates in our diet, including the healthy ones we should be incorporating and the ones we should be substituting. Registration is required.


UC statement on Department of Homeland Security reversal of international student visa order

University of California Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez and President Janet Napolitano issued a joint statement on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind a directive that would have forced international students to leave the country if their schools held all classes online due to COVID-19.

Should Universities Reopen This Fall?

PBS interviewed outgoing UC President Janet Napolitano on the future of online learning. Watch the 18-minute video interview.

University of California Health creates centralized data set to accelerate COVID-19 research

Drawing on electronic health records from across its academic health system, University of California Health has developed a unified, secure data set for use in COVID-19 research. The HIPAA Limited Data Set consisting of clinical information with more than 460 million data points is accessible to researchers across the entire UC system, enabling them to rapidly compare treatment options from previous patients to help future patients.

Sign up for the free myStrength app through your UC healthcare provider

myStrength is a personalized, digital program that includes interactive activities, in-the-moment coping tools, inspirational resources and community support. You can track preferences and goals, current emotional states and ongoing life events to improve your awareness and change behaviors. myStrength includes dedicated resources for coping during COVID-19.


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.

Need some good news about COVID? Here are 6 reasons for optimism

All the bad news can be overwhelming. To get through the storm, we must keep track of positive developments too.

Scientists have finally calculated how many hot dogs a person can eat at once

The world’s best hot dog eaters could out-eat a grizzly bear or a coyote, but would fall far behind a wolf or a Burmese python, a new study finds. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]


Note: Some news organizations require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times and Wall Street Journal for students, faculty and staff.

Two hairstylists with COVID-19 treat 139 clients - all with face coverings - no one tests positive

A CDC study documents the absence of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a hair salon with a universal face covering policy, even though two stylists were infected with the virus and exposed 139 clients.

Latin America rising in ranks of COVID positive regions

Latin America has overtaken the US and Canada to become the second worst-hit region in terms of coronavirus deaths as Mexico passed Italy to record the fourth-highest death toll in the world.

Santa Ana School District will stay remote

On Tuesday, the Santa Ana Unified School District announced it will “pivot entirely to distance learning” at the start of the upcoming school year out of concern for the safety and well-being of the entire school community because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

Orange County rolling out new testing site at Anaheim Convention Center

Orange County officials are rolling out a drive-through coronavirus testing site at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is expected to increase the county’s testing capacity by about 10 percent. County officials said the new site will offer 600 to 800 tests per day, five days per week, for people with coronavirus symptoms, as well as people who have had close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, healthcare workers, first responders, residents and employees of congregate living facilities like nursing homes, and essential workers like grocery store workers and public employees.

The 2021 Rose Parade is canceled

The 2021 Rose Parade has been canceled, Tournament of Roses officials announced, citing coronavirus concerns, although the Rose Bowl football game is still scheduled. What would have been the 132nd Rose Parade will instead be the fourth cancellation in the parade’s history. The previous three cancellations were all during World War II: in 1942, 1943 and 1945. In 1944, a “token parade” was held, in which three decorated cars traversed Colorado Boulevard.

California releases new guidelines for testing COVID-19

Today, new, stricter guidelines for COVID-19 testing were released in California due to the recent lag in processing and high volume of tests. The new guidance prioritizes people who are hospitalized with symptoms. Check out the four tiers.

The United States saw a record number of new cases yesterday

Yesterday, the U.S. saw a record number of new coronavirus cases — 67,417. More than 3.4 million people across the nation have been infected to date.

Forecasting model shows increase in COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.

The closely watched model that predicts coronavirus deaths is now forecasting 224,000 deaths in the U.S. by Nov. 1. Last week, the model projected almost 16,000 fewer deaths. This increase is due to the surge in cases nationwide.

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine ready for final phase of testing

The experimental coronavirus vaccine made by Moderna, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, has been found to induce immune response in all of the volunteers who received it in its Phase 1 trial. The final trial stage will begin this month with a 30,000 person study.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

Orange County Register, July 14, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: California’s coronavirus U-turn a ‘devastating’ hit to economy

KPCC - AirTalk, July 14, 2020 (Audio)
COVID-19: Are hospitals stocking up on coronavirus drugs in preparation for second wave?

KPCC - AirTalk, July 14, 2020 (Audio)
Gov. Newsom orders statewide reclosures as cases continue to surge. Will people adhere?

Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2020
Back to school in Orange County without masks and social distancing? Many call that reckless

Los Angeles Times, July 14, 2020
Trump administration does about-face, drops rule that threatened foreign students

NPR, July 15, 2020 (Video)
Playing music together online is not as simple as it seems

Discover, July 14, 2020
Feeling exhausted? Maybe it’s empathy

WNPR, July 14, 2020 (Audio)
A perfect storm: A surging virus and an election meltdown

Voice of OC, July 15, 2020
Anaheim scrambling to get coronavirus outbreak under control

Healthline, July 14, 2020
Here’s what it will take to normalize wearing masks in America

Voice of OC, July 14, 2020
Orange County officials facing difficulty containing coronavirus outbreaks

Law 360, July 14, 2020
Trump administration drops pandemic student visa policy

AP, July 9, 2020
Video stitches false claims together to paint COVID-19 as a political hoax


OC-COVID19.org - powered by UCI and UCI Health, a website devoted to providing timely, useful, evidence-based information about the novel coronavirus pandemic to our friends and neighbors across Orange County

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

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