City/County Held Joint News Conference Today on COVID-19

Representatives from the City of Tucson and Pima County say there is no need to panic about COVID-19, which has not yet been confirmed in our community, but steps should be taken to help vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and medically frail, avoid contact with sick people and large crowds.

At a news conference featuring Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, Pima County Supervisors Chair Richard Elias, and Pima County Health Department professionals, the speakers conceded that Pima County may experience COVID-19 cases in the future, but there is no need at this time to close schools or avoid public gatherings if you're otherwise healthy. They also stressed the importance of good hand-washing, not touching your face, and coughing into your arm to prevent the spread of germs.

The speakers also encouraged employers to amend HR polices to be more permissive with sick time for employees who are ill to minimize the chances of spreading the virus.