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Coronavirus long haul can affect even those who were infected but never showed symptoms. Tucson Medical Center and the Health Department on Wednesday will hold a public discussion about the condition.

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»

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»

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»

A woman waits for a vaccination at a vaccination clinic in May.

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 County Supervisor Matt Heinz at a FEMA-managed vaccination site in early May.

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»

A sheriff's deputy gets a COVID-19 vaccination during a clinic at Tucson Medical Center in Jan.

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»

Doctors and nurses at Tucson Medical Center listen as the hospital's pastor recites a prayer, part of a nationwide effort to mark the nearly 400,000 people who have died from COVID-19 over the past year.

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»

A vial of the COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination effort at Banner University Medical Center North Campus in December.

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»

A nurse waits to take COVID-19 tests outside  of Banner University Medical Center in April 2020.

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»

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey during a press conference at the University of Arizona campus in mid-March.

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»

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»

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»

"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 health officials Francisco Garcia and Theresa Cullen at a Dec. 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

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»

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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