We haven’t done nearly enough COVID-19 testing in Pima County. According to the Daily Star, 588 were tested the first weekend at the beginning of the month, with 735 and 1500 in subsequent weeks. They are hoping to test 3,000 this weekend. Even with the increases, we are a long way from having enough people tested to ensure that the public is safe.
All City of Tucson offices, except for emergency services, will be closed Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, and customers will have their collections delayed by one day next week.
Stay-at-home orders may have ended, but physical distancing is still the smart way to spend the holiday weekend. In yesterday’s, May 21, video update, Pima County Health Director Bob England reminded everyone that even as society opens up, it’s not the time to relax the preventive measures we’ve adopted to keep each other safe. Keep groups to 10 or fewer individuals, stay 6 feet apart, and wear face coverings in public.
The City Service Impacts Hotline, (520) 791-2540, remains active but will be closed Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day. You can call with questions about how City business is being conducted during this community emergency. Call takers are available for both English and Spanish speakers.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors this week voted to revise rules for protective measures some businesses should follow during a pandemic. The changes came after feedback from restaurant owners and others. The revisions include more lenient rules on masks, signage, occupancy, reservations or call-ahead seating, display of cleaning logs, and other items. Even as Pima County moves forward with the amendments, the proclamation is still being investigated by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office after some claimed the regulations are a violation of Arizona Gov.
Childhood friends Frank Giroux and Mike Dyer recall their time in Vietnam and share their passion for their new mission...helping veterans and remembering those who have fallen in the line of duty.
In the video below, they discuss how they plan to spend Memorial Day.
If you'd like COVID-19 testing, it will be available on Saturday, May 30th. Please apply by the Thursday before testing.
The We Are One/Somos Uno Resiliency Fund, managed by the Business Development Finance Corporation (BDFC), has no-interest loans available for Tucson small businesses. Since the loan program rolled out in April, more than $300,000 has been awarded of the $1 million authorized by the Mayor and Tucson City Council to assist local small businesses.
Students without access to a computer recently shared how difficult it has been to participate in online learning opportunities with their class while schools have been closed. With Councilwoman Nikki Lee’s coordination with Raytheon, 30 laptops, computer mice, and backpacks have been donated to Youth On Their Own (YOTO) for students to have the opportunity to complete the school year.
Several community providers are participating in the Arizona Testing Blitz for COVID-19, as part of an effort from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS). Policies and procedures for patient criteria, billing, and preregistration requirements vary by site, and many tests are free.
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and the Pima County Health Department are urging people to wear masks when around others in public during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not necessarily for your protection, but to keep others safe. People can spread COVID-19 before they ever show symptoms, or even if they show no symptoms at all.
The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) Gift Card Incentive Program continues with another round of bonus gift cards this week. Round 8 begins tomorrow, May 22, at noon, with support from Holualoa Companies.
This round will bring gift card sales up to $280,000. Under the program, people buy a gift card worth $35 for only $25. That $10 bonus incentive is made possible through the support of a sponsor. Money is infused directly into the downtown businesses within days of the sale.
I will be hosting 2020 Ward 4 Virtual Town Hall Series in the month of August, September, and October. On Wednesday, August 26th you will have a chance to hear from Tucson Transportation and Mobility Director Diana Alarcon about the status of our streets, Move Tucson, and other related items.