Brent Davis, who is a friend and once served as your Ward 2 councilperson, posted on Facebook this week that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He is doing okay: asymptomatic and quarantining at home. I’m glad for that, but I know it could be a whole lot worse.
In case you needed another reminder, Coronavirus is serious and real. Limit your time out of the house. If you must be out in public, wear a mask and practice distancing. And, if you have any symptoms, stay home. As I said a couple of weeks ago, this is not only for your safety, but the safety of others.
The Pima County Recorder Offices will be open for extended hours to accommodate last-minute voter registration on Monday, July 6, 2020. July 6 is the deadline to register to vote in the August 4, 2020, Primary Election.
All City of Tucson offices, except for emergency services, will be closed Friday, July 3, for Independence Day. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be affected tomorrow. The Los Reales Landfill will be open Friday and Saturday.
With more than 3,333 new coronavirus cases reported today, July 2, the statewide total now stands at 87,425, with 8,577 of those in Pima County, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The total includes people who have recovered from COVID-19. There have now been 1,757 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 280 of those occurred in Pima County.
The City of Tucson is postponing this year’s annual “A” Mountain Fireworks celebration that was scheduled for July 4. The decision was made due to the risk of increased community spread of COVID-19 and the extreme fire danger in the region as evidenced by the ongoing battle with the Bighorn Fire.
A news release will be issued and announcements made via the City’s website and social media platforms when the event is rescheduled.
As COVID-19 cases keep rising in Arizona, physical distancing is still the smart way to spend the holiday weekend. If you plan to swim, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance while enjoying the pool to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
With the monsoon getting an active start in Tucson yesterday, July 1, the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) is helping people prepare for the summer rainy season by offering free sandbags.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night approved the tentative budget for the fiscal year that begins today, July 1. The $1.7 billion spending plan sets aside $71 million for a disaster relief fund (the remainder of the $95 million the City received from the CARES Act).
The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday, June 30, approved a policy that requires at least some details to be released immediately when a person dies in custody of the Tucson Police Department (TPD). The move comes after the details of the death of Carlos Ingram-Lopez weren't released publicly for more than two months after the 27-year-old died from "sudden cardiac arrest in the setting of acute cocaine intoxication and physical restraint" while in TPD custody on April 21.
More than 4,800 new coronavirus cases were reported today, July 1, which is the highest one-day number reported so far. With the new cases, the statewide total now stands at 84,092, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The total includes people who have recovered from COVID-19. There have now been 1,720 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona.
Tucson Parks and Recreation is taking appointments beginning today, July 1, for families to qualify for the Discount Program in anticipation of programs, memberships, and KIDCO afterschool beginning once the City reopens facilities. Applicants must bring all verification materials with them to the appointment.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey yesterday, June 29, issued an executive order that closes bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing until at least July 27. The order went into effect at 8 o'clock last night to help stem the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Arizona.
The order also delays the start of the next school year until at least Aug. 17. Ducey also banned gatherings of more than 50 people, but churches and political rallies are exempt.