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November 10 - Updates on COVID-19

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UCI Virus Detectives

CSI: Irvine (Coronavirus Spread Investigators)

Operating as virus detectives, UCI’s contact tracing team investigates the sources and spread of COVID-19 cases on campus. And there’s no end to the surprising places and ways that the virus takes hold. Among the latest cases, one traced back to an out-of-state wedding attended by a student. Another originated at a Halloween party held outside California. But you don’t have to leave Orange County to catch COVID-19. Our CSI team has also traced cases to students going home for the weekend, hanging out with friends off campus and carpooling. Stay tuned for more detective work in future episodes of CSI: Irvine.


Case count news

One employee has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total of campus cases since March to 124 (45 students and 79 employees). Visit theUCI Forward dashboard for more information.

A new look for UCI Forward website

Check out the improved UCI Forward website. The update is designed to help people find coronavirus information more quickly.


Everything you always wanted to know about antibodies

A Q&A with UCI biophysicist Philip Felgner examines the ins and outs of coronavirus antibodies.

Upcoming events


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

Disneyland expands furloughs as state rules put park ‘in limbo’

California’s strict reopening guidelines could keep theme parks closed until next summer.

Cities and states trying to avoid new lockdowns as cases rise

Unlike last spring, state and local officials around the U.S. are using targeted measures to stem rising infections and hospitalizations.

Pfizer vaccine may be available by end of November

According to Dr. Fauci, if Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is authorized for emergency use, it’s “very likely” some people could receive doses by late November or early December.

FDA authorizes emergency use of Lilly’s antibody drug

U.S. health officials have allowed emergency use of the first antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19. The medicine comes from Eli Lilly and is for people 12 and older with moderate COVID-19 who do not require hospitalization.

Europe’s hospitals overwhelmed

Because of a sharp rise in coronavirus cases across Europe, hospitals are overwhelmed, and ICU beds and hospital staff are running low. In France, the ICU capacity is at 92.5% and rising.


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. 

Man donates 25,000 baseball cards to girl who lost her collection in fire

Talk about a heartwarming tale. Nine-year-old Reese Osterberg lost her treasured 100-piece baseball card collection when the Creek Fire ravaged her family’s Fresno home. But a San Jose man who chanced upon Reese’s story via a radio broadcast by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection came to the rescue. Kevin Ashford had been planning to sell his 25,000-card collection on EBay for $35,000 or more. Instead, he donated themto Reese. “When she told me that she used to sit with her binder of baseball cards in front of the TV watching baseball, I knew I had made the right decision,” Ashford said, “because that’s exactly what I used to do as a kid.”

Fun fact of the day

In 2005, the National Toy Hall of Fame inducted a plain old cardboard box.


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