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Pima County revisits COVID policies as virus become endemic

Pima County is revisiting COVID-19 public health policies, including vaccine requirements and sick leave for government workers, as the number of weekly cases of new infections among area residents continues to decline.... Read more»

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Pima County to offer PrEP meds to 'significantly reduce' odds of HIV

The Pima County Health Department is making Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis services available to prevent the transmission of HIV to people who may be at risk of exposure. ... Read more»

Cleaning up Tucson's South Side water pollution part of Grijalva enviro bill

Local leaders in Southern Arizona came together Wednesday to throw their support behind the Environmental Justice for All Act, a congressional bill that aims to treat pollution in communities of color as a civil rights violation and create local funding for environmental cleanup. ... Read more»

TMC, Pima Health Dep't to host COVID-19 'long haul' talk

Tucson Medical Center and the Pima County Health Department will host a virtual public discussion panel on the signs, symptoms and treatment options for anyone that may be experiencing COVID-19 "long-haul" symptoms.... Read more»

Pima County adds 2nd COVID boosters for people over 50, immunocompromised

Following a new recommendation from the CDC, officials in Pima County are making additional COVID booster shots available for immunocompromised people and those over 50 at four sites managed by the Health Department.... Read more»

COVID testing site at Pima College will close Friday due to strong winds

High winds expected on Friday will force Pima County officials to close the COVID-19 testing site at PCC's West Campus for the day, with plans to reopen for appointments on Saturday. ... Read more»

Teens can now get anti-COVID booster shots at Pima County sites after federal OK

Younger teens can now get their booster vaccinations against COVID-19 at Pima County sites, after federal officials approved third shots for 12-15-year-olds on Wednesday. ... Read more»

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»

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»

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 offers COVID boosters to 16-17-year-old after federal OK; nearly 100 new deaths reported in Az

Booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are now available at Pima County clinics for 16 and 17-year-olds, after federal approval Thursday. 358 COVID deaths and 17,000 new infections were reported in Arizona this week. ... 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»

Cullen: Omicron inevitably 'dominant' in Pima County; COVID cases will rise with holiday gatherings

The new Omicron variant is expected to soon arrive in Pima County, and new COVID-19 infections will increase even before that as people are exposed during holiday gatherings, Pima County Health Director Theresa Cullen said.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County starting to think about a COVID Plan B; it's probably for the best

A Plan B for the continuing coronavirus pandemic seems to be lurking in the future. It's time we start giving serious consideration to how we'll deal with COVID-19 for some time to come.... Read more»

Pima County urges booster shots for all 'as soon as possible' as COVID-19 cases spike again

Everyone 18 years and older should get a COVID-19 booster "as soon as possible" as the rate of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, the Pima County Health Department said Monday. ... Read more»1

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