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Overwhelmed by Omicron, Az hospitals are short-staffed & closing urgent cares, Banner doc says

Banner Health, which manages the largest network of hospitals in Arizona, reported that the Omicron variant of COVID continues to overwhelm their staff and facilities this winter as the state has counted the pandemic's highest number of confirmed daily cases this month. ... Read more»

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56 Pima County staffers lose jobs for refusing to follow COVID shot mandate

Pima County has fired 56 staffers who refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — with just 16 regular full-time employees losing their jobs out of the 2,000 staffers covered by a policy requiring shots for those working with vulnerable people.... Read more»

Photos: Memorial gathering marks 11 years since Jan. 8 Tucson attack

On the 11th anniversary of the Jan. 8 shooting, about 200 people held the first ceremony at the Embrace, a public space at the Historic Pima County Courthouse built to mark that day's violent events. ... Read more»

Survivors of Jan. 8 to gather in memory of Tucson massacre at memorial event Saturday

Survivors, relatives of those who were killed, and board members of Tucson’s Jan. 8th Memorial Foundation will attend a remembrance on Saturday of the 2011 shooting that shook America.... 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

Pima County moving to mandate COVID-19 masks in public

Wearing masks indoors in public places will be required across Pima County if the Board of Supervisors OKs a measure at a meeting Tuesday morning. The resolution, likely to pass, would buck the supervisors' recent trend of voting against similar COVID mitigation measures. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Pima Supes take up tax scheme, indoor COVID masks; Council looks at housing costs

A stealth tax hike, an affordable housing plan and a "land declaration" that'll irritate the "U.S.A!" crowd are a part of a schmorgasbord of agenda items before the Tucson City Council and Pima County supervisors this week.... Read more»

Pima County setting up redistricting committee after Census shows uneven growth

Representatives for the Pima County Redistricting Advisory Committee will be appointed in January and hold five public hearings on redrawing the district boundaries for the Board of Supervisors and the PCC Governing Board. ... Read more»

Sheriff Nanos: Move to fire Pima jail guards who refuse COVID vaccine not a 'bluff'

With more than 200 staffers at the Pima County Jail about to lose their jobs because they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, Sheriff Chris Nanos cautioned them Monday, saying the move is not a "bluff" and "with every decision come consequences."... Read more»

Pima supervisors OK continued free legal help for tenants facing eviction

Low-income Pima County residents facing eviction will continue to have free legal help next year after the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to spend $425,000 on the Emergency Eviction Legal Services program.... Read more»

Lesher named acting Pima County administrator with Huckelberry still out after crash

Longtime Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is still recovering from an October crash, and the Board of Supervisors formalized choosing Jan Lesher to act in his stead, with a unanimous vote to appoint her as the acting county administrator despite a clash between two supervisors.... Read more»1

386 Pima County workers will get firing notices for not getting COVID-19 shots

386 unvaccinated Pima County employees who work with "vulnerable populations" will be terminated from their current positions because they have not gotten vaccinated against COVID-19, following a vote of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Fun with meetings: Tucson City Council takes up 'casitas,' Pima Supes select lawmakers & more

The Tucson Agenda: The Sentinel's roundup of upcoming local government meetings shows the City Council, Pima County Board of Supervisors, Marana Town Council and Amphitheater Public Schools are covering issues you should know about.... Read more»

Pima County moves to fire 450 workers who haven't gotten COVID shots

Nearly 450 Pima County employees who work with "vulnerable populations" and have not complied with a mandate to be vaccinated against COVID-19 could be served notices that they're being fired in the next few weeks.... Read more»

Photos: Historic Pima County Courthouse reopens after 6 years of renovation

After a six-year closure for renovations, the Historic Pima County Courthouse was reopened during a ceremony Tuesday morning. The event also marked the public opening of "The Embrace," Tucson's memorial marking the Jan. 8th shootings, which sits just to the west.... Read more»

Huckelberry making 'slow but steady progress' in hospital after being hit on bike

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry remains in the hospital after being hit while riding his bicycle 10 days ago, and is making "slow but steady progress" and his doctors "remain optimistic he will recover," his wife said.... Read more»

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