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Orange County Register, April 14, 2020
Hospital staff at UCI Medical Center get a parade of thank-yous from first responders
Instead of flowers, floats or confetti, the staff at UCI Medical Center in Orange were feted with the lights and sirens of police and firefighting vehicles, encouraging waves and heartfelt thanks on Tuesday, April 14. Public safety agencies including the California Highway Patrol, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and police and firefighters from Anaheim and Orange took part in a slow-rolling vehicle parade past an audience of appreciative employees at hospital entrances, pausing outside the emergency room. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNN, April 15, 2020
He was building rockets. Now he’s taking on America’s ventilator shortage
As the coronavirus outbreak spread into the United States, Dr. Brian Wong, a plastic surgeon at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, wanted to know what doctors on the front lines could do if they ran out of ventilators. In March, Wong organized daily conference calls on Zoom to brainstorm ideas with a couple of his colleagues, and they adopted the name Bridge Ventilator Consortium. Soon, medical professionals from all over the country began dialing in. … “I was amazed.” Dr. Govind Rajan, an anesthesiologist at UCI, said. “They took all these ideas, synthesized them and they put it together very fast — which is what is critical right now.”

Orange County Register, April 16, 2020
Bravo! UCI medical students support clinicians, hospice volunteer honored and more
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, a group of UCI School of Medicine students has taken on extraordinary volunteer roles to support their teachers and mentors at UCI Health. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, April 14, 2020 (Opinion)
Column: ‘Professor Dark Cloud’ sees a silver lining in growing immunity
In a way, Andrew Noymer’s entire professional life has been in preparation for a terrifying moment such as this. The UC Irvine associate professor is a noted authority on demography, epidemiology and public health. … Like a detective working backward, examining the available evidence and reconstructing patterns, Noymer will attempt to provide valuable information and analysis to help us understand the virus’ spread and relative lethality. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

NBC News, April 16, 2020
Small-business loan program just hit its $350 billion cap and is now out of money
The PPP loan program was well intended but had a “structural flaw” in how it was executed, said Mehrsa Baradaran, a professor specializing in banking law at the University of California, Irvine. “Any time you create a big program and give banks the ability to choose which customers to prioritize, you’re going to have disparities. Banks are incentivized to choose the customers that make them the most money,” she said.

Previously “In the News”