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COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise in Arizona

As of this morning, June 17, there are now 4,385 reports of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and 40,924 in Arizona. Keep in mind, though, that those numbers include cases where people have recovered. State health officials do not track recoveries.

There have now been 1,239 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson created and 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 Continues to Burn with Red Flag Warning

As of this morning, June 17, the Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest has grown to 17,492 acres and is 40% contained. It's currently burning just west of Summerhaven and the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory.

Mt. Lemmon and Mt. Bigelow are in the “Go” evacuation status north of the Organization Ridge Road area, including Summerhaven. Many other surrounding areas are in the "Set" stage.

Sign Up for New Utility Services Payment System

The City of Tucson’s new online utility payment system (water, sewer/wastewater, and trash/recycling) is now live. Register your new account now to set up or continue online and auto payments.

The new system allows customers to enroll in autopay, make one-time payments, view their bills electronically, set up email/text payment reminders, and manage multiple accounts. For security reasons, the City cannot transfer a customer’s account and financial information. A new account can be set up in as little as 12 minutes.

Campbell Avenue and Glenn Street Intersection Traffic Signal Improvements

Crews this week are scheduled to replace traffic signal heads with upgraded signals to accommodate flashing yellow left-turn arrows at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Glenn Street. Work at the intersection will take place tomorrow, June 18, from about 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Law enforcement officers will be on-site to direct travel through the intersection until the work is complete. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for officers and construction personnel in the area.

Traffic Signal Improvements - Campbell Ave and Glenn St

 

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, crews from Next Generation Electrical, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are scheduled to replace traffic signal heads with upgraded signals to accommodate flashing yellow left turn arrows at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Glenn Street.   

Work at the intersection will take place from about 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Bighorn Fire Continues to Grow in Acreage and Containment

As of this morning, June 16, the Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest has grown to more than 15,800 acres and is 30% contained. The "Set" warning notices from last night are still in effect.

Crews took advantage of favorable weather conditions last night to conduct burnout operations on the northeast portion of the fire near the Trico powerline corridor. Catalina Highway remains closed to the public at milepost zero. Only residents and business owners may pass. Campgrounds on Mount Lemmon also are closed.

Get Tested for COVID-19

With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise to record levels in Arizona, state testing is ramping up. Policies and procedures for patient criteria, billing, and preregistration requirements vary by site, and many tests are free.

Please call or visit a testing location's website for more information. Follow this link for a list of testing sites.

Follow CDC Guidelines When Swimming

As temperatures are expected to remain above the 100-degree mark in Tucson this week and into the weekend, stay safe as you enjoy a trip to the pool. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance while enjoying the pool can help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Guidelines include staying 6 feet away from people who do not live with you, staying home if you are not feeling well, limiting the sharing of pool toys and equipment, and using cloth face coverings when not in the water.

Sandbags Available as Summer Thunderstorm Season Begins

The monsoon officially began today, at least for recordkeeping purposes at the National Weather Service, and the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) is helping people prepare for the summer rainy season by offering free sandbags.

As part of Operation Splash, a self-serve sandbag site is open in the east parking lot of Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way, at Reid Park. This location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

City of Tucson Receives Federal Grant for Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Study

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced last week that it awarded the City of Tucson $950,000 to support a comprehensive planning project to improve access to public transportation. The funds are from FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning, which assists communities that are developing new or expanded mass transit systems.

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