COVID-19 Updates

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Statistics (as of May 25, 2020)

  • Irvine: 138 confirmed cases 
  • Orange County: 4,500 confirmed cases and 88 deaths
  • California: 85,728 confirmed cases and 3,485 deaths
    • Averaged 1,828 new cases and 75.7 deaths per day
    • On pace to double every 31.7 days
  • USA: 1.58M confirmed cases, 301K recovered, and 93,806 deaths 

Local

  • Researchers will start to examine a sample of Orange County’s population through drive-through sites which will administer pin-prick tests to collect blood and send it to UCI for analysis.
  • It is required by a new city order in Los Angeles for both shoppers and workers to wear a face covering, and Orange County strongly encourages employees at businesses to wear face masks. 
  • Starting this month, researchers will examine a representative sample of the county’s population, set up eight to 10 drive-through sites, administer pin-prick tests to collect blood, then send the samples to UCI for analysis.

State

  • Governor Newsom has announced that houses of worship can repon if they are given approval from county health officials, but must limit attendance to 25 percent of capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. Churches are encouraged to set advanced disinfection and cleaning protocols and encourage members to wear masks.
  • Recent April 2020 data has shown a 40% decrease in vaccinations between the ages of 0 to 18 years old from April 2019. Due to this, unvaccinated children may be more susceptible to diseases like measles and the whooping cough during and after the pandemic. 
  • A decline in the number of newly identified coronavirus cases across California has allowed California to start reopening their economy. For counties looking to reopen dine-in restaurants and shopping malls, Governor Newsom has required that they have no more than 10 cases per 100,000 residents. 
  • Coronavirus has led to many economic downturns. It has shuttered many businesses, cut 2.2 million jobs statewide and businesses that are open lost a lot of customers due to stay at home mandates. 

National

  • Officials warn that the disease may continue for the next two years without a widely available vaccine.
  • All 50 states have started to reopen and ease quarantine orders. While active “stay at home” orders are only up in 18 states, most have started to open up restaurants and personal care establishments with caution. 
  • Apple and Google have released a software that will help public health authorities build apps that incorporate their exposure notification tool. The software will alert the user if they come in contact with someone who has tested positive. Only three states, Alabama, North Dakota, and South Carolina, have agreed to use it due to questions about the benefits the software may actually provide. 
  • The United States did not take part in the World Health Organization initiative that would increase worldwide cooperation on a coronavirus vaccine and share research and treatment.