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November 5 - Updates on COVID-19

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A look at how symptom-free COVID carriers can inadvertently spread the virus.


No new cases reported

UCI’s COVID-19 dashboard tracks testing, case counts and available isolation rooms.


Robots deliver restaurant orders to UCI students

Fifteen Zot Bots are scooting around the campus, dropping off food and drink orders from Panda Express, Starbucks and several other vendors. The robotic carts feature tamper-proof compartments that can hold up to 20 pounds.

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This section curates noteworthy coronavirus news, trends and opinions. No endorsement by UCI is implied. Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and OC Register for students, faculty and staff

Eight mayors urge Newsom to reopen theme parks

The governor’s current rules will cause “significant negative impacts on hundreds of thousands of jobs, thousands of small businesses and billions in operating revenue for our cities,” said a letter signed by the mayors of L.A., San Diego, Anaheim, San Jose, Santa Ana, Riverside and three other towns.

Orange County stays in red tier

With a growing rate of coronavirus cases over the last two weeks, Orange County is staying in the red tier. And it could slip back into the most restrictive purple tier, according to new health department data.

Museums push back against Newsom’s restrictions

Museums are protesting California’s reopening rules, which they say are overly restrictive. Nationwide, about three quarters of museums have reopened with safety precautions.

Testing shows schools aren’t propelling COVID outbreaks

Schools across the nation have been open for weeks, but few so far appear to have spread the virus among students or into wider communities.

Is it safe to stay in a hotel during the pandemic?

Staying home is the safest strategy, but very few reported coronavirus outbreaks have been linked to hotels.

California faring better than nation, but hospitalizations rise

Although the state’s case count remains mild compared to the rest of the U.S., hospitalizations increased 13.5% over the last two weeks.


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. 

25 funny pandemic signs

Although No. 13 has some offensive language (which is explained in the punch line), the rest are pretty family-friendly.

Photo of the day

“Even this cat is voting.”


What have you been up to during the pandemic? Send photos and/or words about your activities, workstation, volunteering or academic adventures to marketing@uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.