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The COVID-19 Pandemic: Two Years In

January 20th marked the second anniversary of the first case of COVID-19 reported in the United States.

Since that time, 69.5 million cases have been reported throughout the nation and 861,000 of our fellow Americans have died from this horrible virus.

In Orange County, there have now been 477,127 reported cases of COVID-19 and 5,953 COVID-related deaths. (Medical officials estimate that the actual number of cases is significantly higher since those with minor symptoms often do not get tested ... and pass the virus on to others.)

Last week, there were 3,378 new cases reported here in Irvine and, tragically, our community has lost 2 more of our Irvine neighbors.

The latest Omicron surge is not yet over, but predictions indicate we will begin to see a decrease in cases over the next few weeks. That's the good news. The bad news is that our health care system continues to be under tremendous strain.

Arts in Irvine

Barclay President & Self-Described “Theatre Rat” Jerry Mandel Leads the Barclay Through the Pandemic

In 1990, the non-profit, 750-seat Barclay Theatre opened as a collaborative venture — owned by both the City of Irvine and the University of California, Irvine.

The COVID-19 pandemic turned out the lights in theatres all around the world. Some, forever. Yet, the pandemic was not a show-stopper for the Barclay.

That’s because for the past six years, the Barclay's president has been Jerry Mandel, a self-described "Theatre Rat."

  • Health & Safety

Another Horrible Week in Irvine as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Surge

During the second week in January, the Orange County Health Care Agency reported 55,815 new cases of COVID-19 among our County's residents.

The number of hospitalizations also sharply increased, with 1,154 hospital beds filled with COVID-19 patients across the County. That is an increase of 379 since this time a week ago. And, we lost another 15 Orange County residents in the past week.

Here in Irvine, there have been 5,555 new cases of COVID-19 reported among our Irvine neighbors this past week.

Publisher's Perspective

First 100 Days in 2022: Issues that Will Impact Irvine Residents

In addition to dealing with the latest surge in COVID cases, there are three important issues that the Irvine City Council should address in the first 100 days of 2022: All American Asphalt Plant, the Veterans Memorial Park, and the Orange County Power Authority.

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