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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.

Tucson City Council Urges Governor to Declare Shelter-In-Place Order

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday voted to urge Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to issue an Executive Order to force stricter actions to help stem the spread of COVID-19 in our state, including the issuance of a shelter-in-place order, which would direct the closure of non-essential operations throughout Arizona.

Mayor and Council also endorsed Tucson Mayor Regina Romero's March 17 declaration of a local emergency and her use of emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Get the Latest City Information on COVID-19

Call the City Service Impacts Hotline, (520) 791-2540, with questions about how City business is being conducted during this community emergency. Call takers are available for both English and Spanish speakers.

To stay up to date on the latest City updates, visit the City's COVID-19 website. You will find video messages, current number of cases/deaths in the state and Pima County, City department information, resources for parents, senior citizens, business owners, and much more.

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