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COVID-19 Cases & Hospitalizations are Spiking in Orange County and Here in Irvine

As we began October — which was six months into the pandemic — Orange County had reported 53,751 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,268 deaths.  There were 172 Orange County residents hospitalized with COVID-19.

During October & November, there were an additional 24,802 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported across the County ... and we lost another 309 of our neighbors. We are beginning December with 735 COVID-19 patients in Orange County hospitals. 

Previews, Reviews & Venues

UCI is Opening a Window for Those of Us in Need of a Breath of Artistic Fresh Air

At UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), modern dance is alive and well, with a twist this year!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, UCI's New Slate Online dance concert series will stream via YouTube on December 10th through December 12th at 8pm. This free event will feature both live and virtual dances. The performance will be followed with live artist-audience conversations about these new ways of dance making. Albeit, a YouTube window, it’s still a breath of artistic fresh air.

  • Health & Safety

COVID-19 — Wrong from the start! Now, let’s get it right!

My entire professional life in public health and as a pediatrician has been dedicated to the prevention of disease wherever possible, and to delivering appropriate medical interventions whenever necessary. For me, diagnosing and treating an individual patient for a disease is very rewarding.

But, even more rewarding for me — and the real payoff for society — is when we institute policies and organize our resources to prevent the spread of disease.

Science & Technology

Dust-Ups Continue Over Radioactive Waste Storage at San Onofre

The decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has been riddled with controversies since it was shuttered in 2013, undermining public confidence in Southern California Edison’s management of highly radioactive nuclear waste which will be stored on-site for the foreseeable future.

Student Corner

IUSD Hybrid Learning Update

It’s now been several weeks since students returned to IUSD schools. I personally attend Woodbridge High, the school with the most students on campus on any given day with over 1,000 students and faculty back on campus.

These past weeks have given me a better understanding of hybrid learning. Here's what I've learned.

  • Senior Life

Ed McNew Shows Us All That Volunteering = Purpose in Life = Better Health

In December 2019, I reported that Volunteering = Better Health…at any age. A volunteer I highlighted, Ed McNew is now 88 years old. He was, by far, the top signature gatherer for the Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery Initiative Petition.  He said, at the time, “It gives me purpose, and it’s something I look forward to every day.” 

How is Ed doing with the petition campaign over?   Well, Ed is now on the Build the Great Park Veterans Cemetery steering committee that meets via Zoom weekly, and that keeps him occupied.

Community Spotlight

Annual Toy Drive to Help Local Military Families

The annual partnership between the City of Irvine and the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee to help military families has begun!

The Annual Toy Drive benefits families of Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion. To help bring joy to local military families during the holidays, you can donate a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children ages 12 and younger.

Publisher's Perspective

Honoring Our Veterans and Their Families

Building a beautiful Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery on the ARDA site at the Great Park will not only serve to honor our veterans, but will also honor veterans' families who have repeatedly expressed their desire to have their loved ones buried close to home.

Irvine Community News & Views will be watching the new Council to see if they are willing to work together to finally deliver on the City's promise to our veterans and veterans' families.

UCI News

UCI: A Shining Example of Excellence in Irvine

U.S. News & World Report has named UCI one of the top 10 public universities in America for the sixth consecutive year, and UCI Medical Center one of America's best hospitals for the 20th consecutive year. 

UCI Medical Center is the only Orange County hospital to consistently rank among the nation's best medical facilities.

Latest COVID-19 Stats

81,653

Cases in OC

 

735

Now Hospitalized

 

1,586

Deaths in OC

 

2,869

Cases in Irvine

 

15

Deaths in Irvine

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