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Pima County and TMC team to provide free swim lessons

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, along with the TMC Vest It UP! program, will team up to provide 800 free swim lessons to children at three county locations, along with a free lifejacket for all participants. ... Read more»

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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»

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TMC chief: COVID vaccine critical as more young people & children are hospitalized

99% of those hospitalized and seriously ill during the recent surge in COVID-19 are unvaccinated, says Judy Rich, CEO and President of TMC HealthCare, and with more young people and children in the hospital, getting the vaccine is critical.... Read more»

Catalina Foothills, Amphi both mandate K-12 COVID masks

Both Amphitheater and Catalina Foothills school districts will require COVID masks for students, staff, teachers, and visitors after a judge said Monday that the Arizona law blocking such mandates in schools is not yet in effect. ... Read more»

Pima supervisors again scuttle K-12 mask mandate, will pay $300 bonus to vaxxed county staffers

Pima County employees who get their COVID shots will be paid a $300 bonus, and the Board of Supervisors agreed to provide local schools with assistance, but punted a plan to charge higher insurance rates for unvaccinated employees, along with a vaccine mandate for county health-care workers. ... Read more»

Pima supes nix school mask mandate in county, refuse to require COVID shots for gov't staffers

The Pima County Board of Supervisors refused make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for county employees, declined to re-up an emergency public health declaration, and shot down a mask mandate for schools during a long, often contentious meeting Tuesday morning.... Read more»

Pima County considering CV vax mandate for gov't, hospital staff; School mask order under review

The Pima County Board of Supervisors may make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for county employees and health care workers, and will review requiring face masks in all K-12 schools.... Read more»

TMC event marks nearly 400K U.S. deaths from COVID-19

Held under gray skies at TMC's Life Gain Park, around 100 people, including doctors, nurses and staff listened as a chaplain recited a prayer thanking those at Tucson hospital who have worked to "create safe spaces to the do the work of healing." ... Read more»

Pima County plans broad COVID vaccination push, but supplies & funding remain hurdles

Pima County plans to vaccinate 345,000 residents by the end of March, and possibly more than 775,000 people by June under an accelerated COVID-19 plan, but only if the "vaccine supply is not an issue" and federal funding is available. ... Read more»

TMC opens one of first COVID-19 'antibody infusion' treatment centers in U.S.

Tucson Medical Center and the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday opened one of two treatment centers in the U.S. where COVID-19 patients can receive a specialized treatment to minimize the severity of illness and prevent some hospitalizations. ... Read more»

Ducey orders vaccine speed-up, pulls control from counties

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered the Department of Health Services on Wednesday to create a "state-directed" model for delivery of vaccines, overriding the plans of the counties throughout the state.... Read more»

'Grim' outlook: 1 in 1,000 Pima residents has died from COVID, patients wait for hospital beds

One in every 1,000 Pima County residents has died from COVID-19, as the number of infections continues to climb and patients are forced to wait for beds. Six of eight Tucson-area hospitals had no available ICU beds Wednesday.... Read more»

Overburdened by COVID-19, Tucson Medical Center cancels surgeries

Elective surgeries at Tucson Medical Center will be pushed off until at least January 4, as the hospital is forced to turn away patients with serious illnesses and "the number of COVID patients needing care is exceeding available resources on a daily basis."... Read more»

Guest opinion

Letter: Pima health leaders warn of COVID 'catastrophe' over holidays

"Stay home as much as possible. Wear a mask. Take that seriously. Avoid any social gatherings — the holidays will come again; sit this one out." — Pima County health officials, hospital leaders and fire chiefs... Read more»

Pima warns over 'catastrophic' COVID: Stay at home — even on Christmas

Tucson-area residents must stay at home as much as possible to halt the dangerous spike on COVID-19 cases, including skipping holiday gatherings with family, Pima County health and hospital officials said. ... Read more»

Ducey shuts bars & gyms, activates 'crisis care' rationing, citing 'brutal facts' of COVID-19 outbreak

Bars and gyms in Arizona will be closed until at least the end of July, Gov. Ducey ordered Monday, citing the "brutal facts" of the coronavirus outbreak. "Crisis care standards" were ordered in hospitals, and school reopening pushed back to August 17.... Read more»

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