The 400-room Monarch Beach Resort has highlighted its partnership with the University of California, Irvine to mitigate COVID-19 fears with potential guests. “As the only program in public health in Orange County, we have an obligation to assist our community,” said Karen Edwards, professor and chair of epidemiology at UCI and the lead faculty member for the project. UCI said it has additional consultation agreements with other OC businesses in the works. “I think there’s a gap in this area for us to step up and offer these types of services. This has the potential to have a major positive impact,” Edwards said.