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COVID infections 'plateauing' in Pima County, but cases still 'high' in Maricopa & Pinal for July 4

Pima County residents should stay safe and wear masks indoors in public for the July 4 weekend, the Health Department warned, as COVID cases and hospitalizations remain "high" in Maricopa and Pinal counties and "medium" closer to Tucson.... Read more»

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Few eligible families have applied for government help to pay for COVID funerals

In April 2021, FEMA offered to reimburse funeral expenses for COVID victims - up to $9,000 - and though the federal government has paid more than $2 billion to cover funeral costs, fewer than half of eligible families have started applications.... Read more»

FEMA will spend $8.6M to build flood control basin in Nogales area

The federal government will allocate more than $8.6 million to mitigate flash flooding in the Nogales area, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva announced. ... Read more»

Pima County spending $1.3 million per month to shelter migrants released by DHS

Over the last few months, Pima County spent around $1.3 million per month to shelter migrants released by Homeland Security officials, and the county faces a funding crunch as federal grants that helped cover theses expenses are held up in Congress.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Water rate hikes in Oro Valley, raises for Sahuarita Council and Pima County COVID bonus on tap

Local governments are wading into dicey political territory with potentially unpopular agenda items on water rate hikes, raises for elected leaders and payouts of unused COVID leave.... Read more»

Wind, rain will close COVID-19 testing at Pima Community College

Wind and rain predicted for Wednesday will force Pima County officials to close the COVID-19 testing site at Pima Community College's West Campus for the day.... Read more»

Pima County schools strained by lack of COVID-19 testing as FEMA sites open

Two COVID-19 testing sites funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency opened last week to mitigate the shortage of rapid testing in Pima County, a problem that’s especially acute for businesses and public schools. ... Read more»

Vax hesitancy, new variants keeping COVID-19 infections from falling as Arizona stuck on 'bizarre plateau'

Almost two years after the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Arizona, new infections in the state have reached a “bizarre plateau,” rising from summertime lows in the hundreds to more than 3,000 new cases a day through the fall.... Read more»

Biden will supply Americans with 500 million home tests to fight Omicron

President Biden will announce new actions to fight the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, measures that include dispatching 500 million at-home tests to Americans, creating new federal testing sites and deploying 1,000 service members to hospitals across the county. ... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: Grinchy Rand Paul

Fun fact: Rand Paul is a jerk. When Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul isn’t screaming lies and conspiracy theories at Dr. Anthony Fauci, he’s blocking disaster relief…at least to states that are not Kentucky. ... Read more»

FactCheck: FEMA staff and contracted medical workers required to follow vaccine mandate

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is deploying contracted medical workers to understaffed hospitals who are required to comply with COVID-19 vaccine mandates, despite false social media posts claiming the workers sent by FEMA are “exempt.”... Read more»

As Tucson BP agents see large migrant groups in July, Pima County prepares for more

Border Patrol agents encountered more than 660 people traveling in large groups in the desert southwest of Tucson in July, while the migrant shelter supported by Pima County is preparing to serve a dramatic increase in people in the coming weeks.... Read more»

Biden administration snubs Ducey in Western wildfire meeting

Gov. Doug Ducey was one of just three Western governors that the White House didn’t invite to a meeting on wildfires that the Biden administration convened, despite the particularly nasty fire season that Arizona is currently facing.... Read more»

Biden to meet with Western governors about wildfires, vows to raise firefighter pay

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he will host a meeting next week of Western governors, Cabinet members and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials "to prepare for heat, drought and wildfires in the West."... Read more»

Pima County shifting mobile vaccination hours to dodge afternoon heat

Triple-digit afternoon heat means Pima County mobile COVID-19 vaccination sites will pause in the afternoons, with early morning and late evening shots available instead.... Read more»

Las vacunas de COVID ahora disponible en tres clínicas de salud de Pima

Las vacunas ahora están disponible en las tres principales clínicas de salud del condado de Pima y ofrecen vacunas de lunas a viernes a partir del lunes con la expectiva de extender las horas más tarde en el mes. ... Read more»

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