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Pima County's adult detention center is facing staffing problems as population rises.

The number of people behind bars is up 30% in Pima County, but jail staffing is down 45 percent in the wake of the pandemic. This is a problem without any obvious solution. The county supes are in a tight spot. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen's nomination to run Arizona Department of Health Services got scuttled by the state Senate. Her high crime was doing her job right.

None of the Democrats saw an upside in forcing Arizona Republicans to go on the record as saying no public health leaders should ever take public health actions during a public health emergency. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department, outside of the Abrams Public Health Center.

Despite a "mountain of expertise," Dr. Theresa Cullen will not lead the Arizona Department of Health Services after Gov. Hobbs withdrew her nomination Tuesday. Cullen was blasted by Republican legislators for measures Pima County took during the COVID pandemic. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department, at a vaccination site in May 2021.

After a long and often contentious hearing, the Arizona Senate’s newly created Committee on Director Nominations gave a recommendation to one of Gov. Katie Hobbs’ appointees but rejected Dr. Theresa Cullen over disagreements with public health policies. Read more»

Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs has picked Dr. Theresa Cullen, Pima County health director, to lead the state Department of Health Services. Cullen has spent 35 years working in public health and took the helm in Pima County in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

Green Valley will host a series of four free COVID-19 and flu vaccination events to make sure adults 65 years and older get protected against a worse-than-normal spread of respiratory diseases. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department, talking to reporters in November about increased cases of respiratory disease heading into the Thanksgiving weekend.

The continued spread of RSV, influenza and COVID-19 has caused an increase in the number of area hospital beds in use, the Pima County Health Department warned. People should wear masks and socially distance during holiday gatherings, and get vaccinated, officials said. Read more»

Pima County has started offering free at-home COVID-19 test kits at all 26 of their public libraries as respiratory infections continue to spike here. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department, talking to reporters about increased cases of respiratory disease heading into the Thanksgiving weekend.

Respiratory viruses such as RSV, COVID-19 and the flu are spreading at higher rates than normal for this time of year, and people be cautious during Thanksgiving weekend, Pima County health officials said. Read more»

After a brief pause, the Pima County Health Department will extend a free COVID-19 "test-to-treat" program that offers Paxlovid therapy, with some changes. Read more»

A patient with monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1997. The rash is common with the disease, which is endemic to parts of West and Central Africa.

Cases of monkeypox have continued to rise in Pima County, with 18 confirmed as of Monday, but officials have no plans for public health mandates, like those from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen speaks at virtual press conference on Monday.

Pima County has vaccinated more than 600 residents who were at risk of contracting monkeypox, starting in early July, and the county is now running short although it expects to receive more doses in August. Read more»

Monkeypox virus particles from a human skin sample, related to a 2003 prairie dog Monkeypox outbreak.

Monkeypox cases in Pima County are expected to grow, with residents most at risk being people with multiple intimate partners, Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen said. Local groups are fighting a false perception the painful infection only affects gay men. Read more»

Pima County will continue to offer the oral antiviral Paxlovid for free as part of the federally sponsored test-to-treat program. The program has been extended until August 24.

Pima County’s free test-to-treat program for COVID-19 patients has been extended through August 24, after the federally supported Paxlovid program was set to end. Read more»

Vaccines have been available for Pima County's youngest residents for a month, but only about 3% of the age group have been vaccinated. Mesquite Pediatrics has had a bit more success inoculating its young patients with the help of vaccine drive thrus, similar to last year's vaccine drive for older children pictured above.

Only 3% of children under five years old in Pima County have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, roughly a month after the shots became available to younger kids. Read more»

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