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Orange County Register, May 27, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Masks and testing are key to public health in OC: Steve Goldstein and Clayton Chau
Steve A.N. Goldstein, UCI vice chancellor for health affairs and Dr. Clayton Chau, director of the Orange County Health Care Agency write, “In mid-May, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) announced a critical partnership in the fight to control the spread of COVID-19. Together we are implementing a population-based study that will assess the prevalence of this virus through the testing of a representative sample of people across Orange County, which, with 3.2 million people, is one of the largest counties in the nation. … At UCI Health, we are moving through three steps to counter the pandemic: response, recover, and reimagine.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ABC7, May 28, 2020 (Video)
UCI medical school student is first undocumented immigrant to graduate from program
A dream 13 years in the making was finally coming true for the first undocumented student to graduate from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. Oscar Hernandez was set to graduate on May 30. “I think I won’t believe it ’til I’m walking across that stage,” Hernandez said.

The New York Times, May 28, 2020
The World Is Still Far From Herd Immunity for Coronavirus
“There aren’t 328 million Americans who are susceptible to the flu every fall at the beginning of the flu season,” said Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. “But there are 328 million Americans who were susceptible to this when this started.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

AP, May 27, 2020
Mail-In Voting Could Turn Election Day Into Election Week
“It’s very problematic,” said Rick Hasen, a University of California-Irvine law professor. “There is already so much anxiety about this election because of the high levels of polarization and misinformation.” Hasen is among the experts who have been studying the strains on the U.S. electoral system during the pandemic. He recently convened a bipartisan group of academics to recommend safeguards for a disputed election.

Orange County Business Journal, May 25, 2020
OC50 – Making a Difference
Howard Gillman, UCI Chancellor. “UCI is Orange County’s only academic medical center and only major research university. We were built to address challenges such as the one presented by this pandemic by offering advanced treatment, urgently needed world-class research, innovative interventions, public service and information you can rely on,” Gillman told the Business Journal in April. “The entire university has mobilized in service of our community at this moment of great need.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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