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Pima County ends mask rule for gov't buildings as COVID cases drop

Visitors and workers in Pima County buildings will no longer be required to wear face masks, although a "recommendation" will remain. The countywide mask mandate ended last month, and the Board of Supervisors will meet in-person next Tuesday.... Read more»

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Pima COVID mask mandate will end Feb 28 after supervisors nix extension

Despite recommendations from county staff, a December measure that requires the use of masks in indoor public places will expire on Feb. 28 after the Pima County Board of Supervisors refused to extend the mandate for another month.12,539 cases in Arizona... Read more»2

Pima County looks to extend COVID mask mandate through March

Pima officials are asking the Board of Supervisors to extend the county's mask mandate through the end of March, as the numbers of new COVID-19 cases and deaths remain above the levels when the requirement was put in place in December. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Heinz smacks down Christy's list of dumb COVID questions

Supervisor Matt Heinz is starting to take the gloves off and put up a fight against efforts to downplay the severity of COVID-19. Even if it's just to force a political cost for aiding the virus, it's time for a fair fight and not more ignored science lessons.... Read more»3

Pima County faces 'stark upswing' in COVID cases as officials prep for Omicron variant

Pima County faces a "stark" rise in new COVID-19 cases, even as the more-infectious Omicron variant has not become the driver of most new cases. Across Arizona, unvaccinated people are 31 times more likely to die from the disease than those who've gotten their shots.... Read more»

100+ Pima County gov't workers could be fired for not getting COVID shots by Dec. 31

Up to 200 Pima County employees could be terminated because they have refused to get their vaccinations against COVID-19, flouting a policy for those who work with vulnerable people. But 87% have complied, and more could turn in evidence they've gotten their shots.... Read more»

Pima County orders COVID face masks indoors in all public places

People across Pima County must wear face masks while indoors in all public places to limit the spread of COVID-19, after the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to institute the public health mandate Tuesday.... Read more»1

7 Omicron COVID cases identified on University of Arizona campus

Seven cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been identified on the University of Arizona campus through saline gargle tests, researchers said Tuesday.... Read more»

1st case of Omicron COVID variant confirmed in Pima County

The first case of Omicron in Pima County was confirmed Thursday. The "variant of concern" comes at a time when COViD-19 cases have been mounting in Arizona, with hospitals warning they're nearing "crisis standards of care."... Read more»

Pima County to battle winter COVID surge with testing, vaccinations

An expected winter surge in COVID-19 cases, including the Omicron variant, has Pima County officials planning to bolster testing and vaccination efforts to stem the spread of the virus.... Read more»

'Another surge' of COVID infections for Pima County as holidays approach, officials warn

Pima County is about to enter a fifth surge of COVID-19 infections, as vaccinations remain stagnant and holiday gatherings increase the risk of exposure. Everyone vaccinated more than six months ago should get booster shots, officials said in a public health warning.... Read more»

COVID hits Pima schools hard before shots for kids 5-11 roll out; one elementary ordered closed

A "significant increase" in COVID-19 cases is worrying Pima County health officials, who said students ages 5-11 are increasingly becoming infected as the rate of local community transmission remains high. One elementary school was ordered to close due to an outbreak of the disease. ... Read more»

Pima County readying COVID-19 shots for kids ages 5-11

As the promise of COVID-19 shots for kids aged 5-11 cleared another hurdle this week, Pima County officials are preparing to start vaccinations by next week, which will eventually inoculate 88,000 children here. ... Read more»

Pima requiring gov't staff to get COVID shots if they work with 'vulnerable' populations

After weeks of wrangling, the Pima County Board of Supervisors agreed to require some government employees — those who work with "vulnerable" populations — to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Also, an effort by Supervisor Christy to censure Supervisor Heinz fell flat. ... Read more»

Pima County plans to give 100k COVID booster shots per month

Pima County clinics and pharmacies will start delivering 100,000 COVID-19 booster vaccinations per month to people who fit in new federal guidance for receiving a third Pfizer shot. Delta variant cases are now 100% of new COVID cases here.... Read more»

Asylum-seekers offered COVID shots, but Pima County won't mandate vax

Pima County officials said they lacked the authority to mandate vaccinations for asylum seekers, after a contentious part of Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting. But data shows that the rate of COVID cases among people seeking asylum here is relatively low.... Read more»

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