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City Holiday Closures

The City of Tucson will observe César Chávez Day next Monday, March 30. All City offices, except for emergency services, will be closed.

Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday. The Los Reales Landfill will be open, but it is not accepting cash due to the spread of COVID-19. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day next week.

Pima County Extends Emergency Declaration

The Pima County Board of Supervisors yesterday, March 26, voted to extend restrictions for some businesses in unincorporated Pima County to April 10 as part of the board’s effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in the community.

Using its emergency powers on March 19, the board ordered all restaurants in unincorporated Pima County to stop on-premises dining and closed numerous types of businesses, including bars, bowling alleys, yoga studios, and gyms.

Be Careful What You Flush Down the Toilet

In the midst of COVID-19, people are running out of toilet paper and resorting to other alternatives that could hurt the sewer system. Pima County Wastewater officials say they are starting to see items that can clog pipes and the community's sewer system.

Items that are labeled flushable or disposable can even cause a problem. Flushing items other than toilet paper could cost homeowners a hefty plumbing bill or even damage water pumps that will end up costing taxpayers to have them repaired. Only flush toilet paper down the toilet. Throw all other items in the trash.

Resources Available for Community Access to Food

Multiple businesses and organizations in Tucson are getting creative to ensure everyone in the community has access to food during this time.

An evolving list is available that includes information about free food assistance, discounted meals, food pickup, senior citizen accommodations, and even how you can help serve those in need and support local businesses and food producers during this time.

Read the Food Resource Guide from the Arizona Daily Star.

City Launches COVID-19 Business and Human Impact Study

The City of Tucson Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) is conducting an online survey for business owners to see how the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic is affecting their businesses and the community as a whole. The aggregate results of the 10-minute survey will be used to inform local and state elected officials, government agencies, and others of the economic and human impact of COVID-19 in Tucson.

Family of First Fatal COVID-19 Case Shares Story

A 54-year-old woman died from coronavirus early this week, making her the first fatal case in Pima County. The family is sharing its story and urging the community to take this pandemic seriously, wanting the death to "mean something and help show Tucson what is happening and the severity of it.”

The woman's symptoms began with a fever and quickly developed into back pain and then into trouble breathing. No one else in the family has developed any symptoms, but the woman’s children and husband are now under quarantine for at least 14 days from her death.

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