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August 19 - Updates on COVID-19

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Looking up at Natural Sciences II. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Route #2 return-to-campus plans due Aug. 31

Units are reminded they have two weeks left to provide the Campus Recovery Implementation Team (CRIT) with a return-to-campus plan for Route #2 approval. Route #2 is for occasional and/or recurring need to come to campus, as well as on-campus continuation plans for essential work units that remained on campus during the stay-at-home order. Route #2 plans include units with employees who need to come to campus on occasion to pick up mail, deposit checks, reboot servers, etc. This includes faculty coming on campus for reasons other than preparation and delivery of remote instruction, or research approved under Phase 2 Research. Route #2 plans are approved by the unit head (dean/VC/VP, AVC/AVP, etc.) and submitted to CRIT at CRIT@uci.edu for tracking. This deadline does not apply to full unit return-to-work plans. Route #1 is for Significant Return, and those plans can be submitted by units to CRIT at any time. Please see this two-page document that explains the Route #1 (full unit) and Route #2 (occasional/recurring) approval process.

New Executive Directives

There are two new executive directives related to operations during the pandemic that apply to all UCI employees: one on travel and the other on the daily symptom check in. Please be sure to read these and share them with your teams. These join the existing executive directives on face coverings and gatherings.

COVID-free streak continues at UCI

There have been no new positive employee cases for 7 days and one previously positive co-worker has returned to work. For a cumulative case count visit www.uci.edu/coronavirus.


UCI develops COVID-19 antibody detection platform

A robust, low-cost imaging platform utilizing lab-on-a-chip technology created by UCI scientists may be available for rapid coronavirus diagnostic and antibody testingthroughout the nation by the end of the year. The UCI system can go a long way toward the deployment of a vaccine for COVID-19 and toward reopening the economy, as both require widespread testing for the virus and its antibodies.

UCI Health-Newport Beach center offers science-based integrative health

UCI Health is pleased to announce the opening of its latest Newport Beach location, which is dedicated to preventing disease and managing health by considering all aspects of a patient’s mind, body and spirit. UCI Health-Newport Beach is the first to offer a comprehensive model of science-based medicine combined with a philosophy of care that makes use of all therapies and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. UCI Health-Newport Beach is located at 2161 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, on the corner of San Joaquin Hills Road and Avocado Avenue. See the list of services offered and also how to book an appointment.

Cooking demo: Weight Management & Portion Control

UCI Campus Recreation, in conjunction with UCI HR Wellness, presents a series of virtual events to educate and encourage us toward healthier behaviors: Culinary Medicine. Do you know what a serving of rice looks like, or how much sugar you can have in a day?  Portion control is directly related to weight management, and having the correct portion control tools in your cooking knowledge can help you lose those last few pounds.  Learn how to manage your weight with the proper portion control knowledge.  Cooking Demo Includes: Make-Ahead Frozen Breakfast Burrito, Mason Jar Taco Salad, Lentil Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie. The event is Friday, August 21from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


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. 

Monica Lewinsky on why gallows humor might just rescue this year

How to find comedy when we’re mired in the tragic—an absurd abundance of it? When horrors confront us on our newsfeeds? When we don our masks to pick up milk around the corner? It’s called gallows humor for a reason. The abysmal begs for a laugh. There is something about a horrendous situation that can be mitigated by laughing at it. Historically, many of the greatest comedians have been depressed. Or repressed. Or oppressed. Or all three.


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.

Fearing a ‘twindemic,’ health experts push for flu shots

As public health officials look to fall and winter, the specter of a resurgence of COVID-19 gives them chills. But there is a scenario they dread even more: a severe flu season resulting in a “twindemic.”

A large percentage of parents feel comfortable sending their children to school

A school reopening survey conducted by the office of The Honorable John Moorlach show that 46% of parents feel comfortable to send their children to school now. View statistics.

Colleges grapple with coronavirus cases as students return

Notre Dame and Michigan State universities became the latest colleges to move classes online because of the coronavirus on Tuesday as colleges struggle to contain outbreaks and students continue to congregate in large groups without masks or social distancing. The decisions came the same day a third school in the 17-member University of North Carolina system reported a COVID-19 cluster in off-campus housing.

Southwest Airlines cutting back flights this fall

Southwest announced today that its available seats will be down 40% in September and the reduced capacity will continue into October with available seats cut down by 40-50%.

Global cases of COVID-19 surpass 22 million

Worldwide cases of COVID-19 have surpassed 22 million. In the United States, there are 5.49 million cases, with over 172,000 deaths.

The ‘world’s largest 10k’ to be held virtually this year

Atlanta’s 51st Peachtree Road Race will be completely virtual this year. The organization that runs the “world’s largest 10k” usually has a 60,000-person capacity.

California weighing when to reopen next

California health officials are beginning to mull what the next phase of reopeningmay look like, after some counties show promising metrics.

Orange County applies for state aid for permanent housing

Applications have been filed with the state by Orange County’s Community Resources department for a share of the $600 million in state grant funding that would allow the county to convert three motels into permanent housing for the homeless.

UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List

AP, Aug. 19, 2020
How COVID-19 gives cover to press crackdowns the world over

PolitiFact, Aug. 18, 2020
‘We don’t want that,’ Trump says of New Zealand after country reported nine new COVID-19 cases

Law.com, Aug. 18, 2020
Ahead of the Curve: Spotlight on law deans

Los Angeles Times – HS Insider, Aug. 18, 2020
Dr. Peter Chang — the value of unique perspectives in healthcare

ZME Science, Aug. 19, 2020
How long are you contagious with a cold or flu?

KCLU, Aug. 18, 2020
Coronavirus antibody study in Ventura County has optimistic preliminary results

Voice of OC, Aug. 18, 2020
Orange County’s coronavirus trends remain positive, questions emerge about potential business reopenings

The Good Men Project, Aug. 19, 2020
‘Please tell me my life Is worth a little of your discomfort,’ nurse pleads

Daily Kos, Aug. 19, 2020 
08/19 OT: It’s the 19th; Heeeyy 19


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