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COVID-19 Cases Continue to Skyrocket in Arizona

As of this morning, June 29, there are now 7,568 reports of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and 74,533 in Arizona. Those numbers include cases where people have recovered, as state health officials do not track recoveries. There have now been 1,588 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona.

Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information continues to evolve.

Bighorn Fire Surpasses 107,000 Acres and Heavy Winds Are Expected Today

The lightning-caused Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest has grown to 107,099 acres (168 square miles) and is 45 percent contained.

Today's firefighting efforts are expected to be challenging since there's a Red Flag Warning in effect, with wind speeds of up to 30 mph possible. There are nearly 1,100 people assigned to the fire.

Paul's Note - June 26th, 2020

There are a lot of things to talk about this week, and I want to get to as much of it as possible. I am really concerned about our local hospital capacity.  Please stay home as much as possible, always wear a mask & wash your hands often. Please support our neighbors whose homes are in danger of burning down in the Bighorn wildfire. 

Crack Seal/Fog Seal Program Reschedule - Downtown Streets

Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are crack sealing and fog sealing various roadways throughout the City through July. This downtown work was rescheduled from earlier in June 2020. Crews will work Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work. The dates, work hours and locations where the improvements will take place in the next three weeks of the program are:
 

Bighorn Fire Size Surpasses Aspen Fire

The Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest has grown to 88,046 acres as of this morning, June 26, and is 33% contained. The acreage burned now surpasses that of the 84,000-acre Aspen Fire that burned on Mt. Lemmon in 2003 that destroyed more than 300 homes and businesses in the town of Summerhaven.

Nearly 1,200 people are assigned to fight the Bighorn Fire, and evacuation notices have not changed.

Gov. Ducey Says It's Safer to Stay Home During the Pandemic

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is urging residents to stay home whenever they can and to use masks if they have to go out in public during the COVID-19 pandemic. He made those statements at a news briefing yesterday, June 26, but didn't issue an official stay-at-home order or a mask mandate for the entire state, although Tucson, Pima County, and many Arizona municipalities recently passed their own mandatory mask laws.

Crack Seal/Fog Seal Program - Tucson Delivers Better Streets _ June 26,2020

Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are crack sealing and fog sealing various roadways throughout the City through July. Crews will work Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work. The dates, work hours and locations where the improvements will take place in the next two weeks are:

Monday, June 29 through Tuesday, June 30 – 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. (fog seal)
Kino Boulevard and 22nd Street Intersection and surrounding side streets

City Manager Remains Confident in Chief’s Leadership

After yesterday’s news conference surrounding the tragic in-custody death of Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez and Tucson Police Department Chief Chris Magnus’ offer of resignation, City Manager Michael Ortega has told the Tucson Mayor and City Council that he will not be accepting the Chief’s resignation. The City Manager received support for Magnus from the majority of the council members.

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