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The James A. Musick Facility in Irvine was affected by the court’s order to release incarcerated people accused of low-level crimes. The order was a part of a larger effort to combat the jail outbreak of COVID-19 that spiked in January. The decline in cases came after several lengthy court hearings to urge releases. Several public activists as well as the judge involved with the case recently spoke out against Sheriff Don Barnes’ noncompliance with the order.

Sheriff’s Initial Response to COVID-19 Jail Outbreak Sparks Backlash

Nate Taylor
February 24, 2021

Over the past month, the initial 1,000 positive cases of COVID-19 within jails dropped down to 13 positives with about 27 pending tests, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Despite the...

The lifting of the stay-at-home order follows after more than 5,000 people have died of COVID-19 in L.A. County in less than a month and will allow for the reopening of personal care services, like salons, and outdoor dining at restaurants, according to LA Times.

Newsom Lifts California’s Regional Stay-At-Home Order

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-California) lifted the regional stay-at-home order last week because of a rise in ICU capacity in the San Francisco Bay Area and parts of Northern and Southern California. “All...

Many classrooms across campus have experienced significantly lower in-person attendance as students opt to take their hybrid courses from home under the “otherwise present” attendance code. Literary and language arts teacher and newspaper adviser Brianna Rapp had only five students attend her second period Cohort B class in person on Jan. 14 while remaining Cohort B students attended class via Zoom.

‘Otherwise Present’ Attendance and Second Semester Health Concerns Spark Plans to Strike

Akshay Raj and Ryne Dunman
January 25, 2021

A group of Irvine students is organizing a district-wide strike geared primarily against public high schools to pressure administrators to address concerns about hybrid education and COVID-19 spreading...

Gov. Newsom announced that California residents can now opt in for COVID-19 exposure notifications through the app “CA Notify.” According to Newsom, the app does not track location and is designed to help slow the transmission of COVID-19.

Newsom Issues New Lock-down Order

Aryan Mittal and Erin Choi
December 18, 2020

Gov. Newsom implemented the Regional Stay At Home Order for regions under intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity of 15 percent on Dec. 3 as COVID-19 cases skyrocket across California, with a record 37,000...

All potential COVID-19 vaccine contenders must pass three phases of clinical trial before being submitted for approval to the FDA and CDC. Out of eight companies in the United States receiving government funding and dozens more worldwide, Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca have emerged in recent weeks with a successful vaccine through all three phases.

Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca Reach COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthroughs

Jenny Won, Opinion Editor
December 9, 2020

Update 12/11: On Dec. 11, the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine was authorized for emergency use by the FDA for individuals 16 years of age and older. Distribution will begin within several days. - After...

Pandemic Culture Transforms Patterns of Social Interaction

Pandemic Culture Transforms Patterns of Social Interaction

Grace Baek and Erin Choi
December 3, 2020

In the span of just a few months, COVID-19 has reached every corner of the Earth and infected millions of people. As federal and state governments set measures to curb its spread, cultural practices and...

ASB students show school spirit by dressing up for “Fall Asleep Friday” and coming to school in their pajamas.

Students Show Spirit for Thanksgiving Season

Grace Baek, Staff Writer
November 30, 2020

ASB launched Thanksgiving Spirit Week with dress-up days and fall festival activities from Nov. 16-20. For “Thankful Monday,” students posted what they were thankful for on their Instagram stories,...

Black Lives Matter protests became prevalent throughout the country around early June, as evidenced by this local protest which took place at the Irvine Civic Center on June 3.

Socially-Distanced Justice Movements Bring Activists Together

Ava Caleca and Krisha Konchadi
November 24, 2020

Although social justice movements typically meet in person or in large crowds to protest, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new obstacles for groups while also opening up opportunities for organizations...

Students are required to be 6 feet apart from each other during all school activities. At lunch, however, students must be extra careful as not wearing masks makes them extra vulnerable.

Students Must Physically Distance During Breaks

Sidra Asif, Staff Writer
October 29, 2020

It is 1:10 p.m., and learners sit closely by their friends as they take off their masks to eat and socialize. Usually, this seemingly ordinary event would not be a problem, but amid a pandemic, it could...

Red Ribbon Week is held every year in efforts to help educate students about drug use. Although events will be distanced this year, they are nonetheless still interactive and help create a supportive school community.

Red Ribbon Week Educates Students Through Distanced Interactions

Haruka Noda, Social Media Team
October 23, 2020

This year’s Red Ribbon Week will take place from Oct. 26-30 and include dress-up competitions, trivia, interviews with police officers and staff members for “Say No to Drugs” messages, pledges and...

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