The Pima County Health Department is mobilizing volunteers through a dedicated website as the COVID-19 emergency response continues to unfold. Volunteers with any medical background may register the system under the organization title “MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) of Southern Arizona.”
The Rio Nuevo District is providing free assistance to small businesses to help navigate the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection programs. These loans help cover payroll costs, paid sick leave, employee salaries, health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest payments.
The City of Tucson is urging residents to ride public transit only if necessary for essential services, which also complies with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's stay-at-home Executive Order issued this week. The City is currently waiving fares on Sun Tran, Sun Link, and Sun Van. Transit is an essential service and will remain available during this time.
Today, April 1, is Census Day, meaning all Americans are asked to fill out their census forms. You should have already received an invitation, and you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. When people respond to the census, their answers are kept anonymous and are used only to produce statistics.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order yesterday, March 30, requesting that people "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected" in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The latest action by the governor follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and comes as a recommendation from public health officials who are tracking data specific to Arizona. The order promotes increased physical distancing, but it also encourages social connections among citizens.
Pima County continues to mourn the Saturday morning death of Supervisors' Chairman Richard Elías, who was first elected to the board in 2002 and just last week filed papers to run for another four-year term. Elías was a fifth-generation Tucsonan and a champion for environmental issues, working families, children, and seniors.
Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus is warning of consequences for people who thoughtlessly host large social gatherings while state and local emergency orders are in place. House parties are not listed as an “essential activity” in Gov. Doug Ducey's Executive Order issued yesterday, March 30.
Activities other than those deemed essential by the governor are specifically prohibited (attendees not remaining in their own homes nor maintaining the prescribed distancing). Attendees at a party could be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor.
Tucson City Court instituted operational changes on March 20 to protect the staff and public and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. There will be limited in-person access at the Court building until further notice. People seeking injunctions or appearing for related hearings are allowed in the building, but attendance is limited to counsel, court staff, law enforcement, and interpreters.
With Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey extending the school closures to the end of the school year, Sunnyside Unified School District has a plan to help students receive meals and Wi-Fi during this time. Buses are delivering grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches to students at select locations. Meals are handed out from 7:30-10 a.m.
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.
The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) is inviting local businesses to join a second free webinar to hear the latest on unemployment benefits, tips for entrepreneurs, ways to stay connected, and access to more free business support.
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.
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.
During this difficult time, the City of Tucson wants you to know that parks are open and you are encouraged to get outdoors. Watch the video below to learn more about the CDC guidelines and how to stay safe.