September 10 - Updates on COVID-19
TODAY’S CAMPUS UPDATES
A staffer gives instructions for UCI’s self-administered COVID-19 test. Photos by Steve Zylius/UCI
UCI launches fall-quarter student COVID testing
Under smoke-filled skies, 194 students took self-administered COVID-19 tests Wednesday as UCI debuted its mandatory wellness check program for ACC and dorm residents. After making appointments, the mask-clad Anteaters lined up at an outdoor testing station and followed staff instructions on how to swab each nostril and seal their specimens for lab analysis. Day 1 went off without a hitch, officials said. Over the next week or so, all of the nearly 3,600 students currently living in UCI and ACC housing will be tested. Additional testing will take place as other students move into campus housing later this month. For more information, visit https://uci.edu/coronavirus/students/testing.php.
Our new logo: UCI Forward
You may have noticed a new logo atop today’s newsletter and UCI’s coronavirus information website. UCI Forward is the university’s commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.
UC students and advisers share tips for success in an unprecedented year
As classes kick off, advice is offered for making the best of this fall’s unusual situation. Among the tips: don’t log out when class is over, practice the art of virtual schmoozing and get to know your professors - and their dogs.
HOPE, INSPIRATION, LAUGHTER
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.
Satire: Fake virus news from the Onion
Anticipating a second wave of coronavirus infections this fall, the humor website posted a story headlined: “Charmin under fire for new ad suggesting it wouldn’t be bad idea if everyone started hoarding toilet paper again.”
Laid-off man starts free service to mow lawns of elderly
After losing his job during the pandemic, a New Jersey ad executive launchedIWantToMowYourLawn.com as a way to help senior citizens. Two other unemployed friends have since joined his effort.
GENERAL COVID-19 NEWS
This section curates noteworthy coronavirus news, trends and opinions. No endorsement by UCI is implied.
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.
Free Latino COVID-19 testing
OC cases fall to four-month low
Although it’s too early to tell if Labor Day gatherings and newly loosened business restrictions will spark an uptick in COVID-19 cases, on Sept. 9, Orange County hospitalizations (234) and ICU cases (62) fell to their lowest levels since May 11 and May 1, respectively, according to the county’s coronavirus dashboard.
UCLA research suggests COVID reached L.A. in December
According to research from UCLA, a significant increase in patients with coughs and acute respiratory failure hit UCLA hospitals and clinics in late December. This suggests that COVID-19 may have been circulating in the area well before the first U.S. case was officially identified.
COVID doesn’t have to mean canceling Halloween
L.A. County officials are urging residents to avoid 2020 trick-or-treating, but the annual ritual can proceed safely, an economics professor contends. We simply need to “adopt the right precautions and the right attitude.”
Fauci: The lessons we’ve learned from virus response
Six months after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, the world has learned difficult lessons on how to respond - and not respond - to such circumstances.
Airports to halt COVID screening for international travelers
The U.S. government will stop conducting enhanced screening of passengers for COVID-19 on inbound international flights. International flights will also no longer be funneled into select airports for screening.
UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List
Reason.com, Sept. 9, 2020
Is the U.S. handling the COVID-19 pandemic better than Europe?
Los Angeles Times, Sept. 10, 2020
To cruise or not to cruise. Loyalists face a dilemma
HealthDay, Sept. 10, 2020
Colleges in 50 states seeing COVID cases on campus
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