State & County updates on COVID 19 –

Here is the official County Health Dept Coronavirus site that is updated every morning at 9am:

A great resource for all things COVID 19 in the state of Arizona

The Pima County Health Department has set up two hotlines to answer questions.  For general information about COVID-19, including news, testing, prevention, and cleaning guidelines, call 211, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.  For questions about symptoms, call (844) 542-8201, anytime.


Have you been displaced? Here is information regarding unemployment and assistance:

Pima County is committed to helping the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This page compiles resources available through Pima County, state and local governments and the private seector to the business community and affected workers. Click here >

The Pima County One-Stop Career Center has set up a English & Spanish telephone hotline to handle and assist workers who have been displaced. The center’s workforce development specialists will be able to refer job-seekers to job openings- and can assist with online applications for Arizona unemployment insurance benefits. The hotline is open weekdays from 8AM – 5PM at 520-724-5735.

Click the link for a list of companies in Arizona that have said they are hiring during the coronavirus outbreak:

Covid 19 In the News, in Arizona:

In compliance with Gov. Doug Ducey’s March 30 Stay Home Executive Order, Pima County implemented a plan to reduce its workforce.  Non-essential employees are being asked to stay home on leave until the Executive Order is rescinded or revised.  They will be eligible for County and Federal pandemic leave. The remainder of County employees will continue to work, though the County is allowing as many of them as possible to work from home.   As a result – numerous County facilities are closed or operating with limitations.  Numerous programs and services are also suspended or have changed to online or phone service only.

The City of Tucson says all park ramadas, playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor fitness equipment are now closed to the public  –  Through April -to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.   The new rule does not impact areas that allow for individualized for activities like open spaces, trails, golf courses, disk golf courses, tennis courts, walking paths, urban fishing areas, dog parks and skate parks.

Arizona schools will remain closed through the end of the school year, according to a release from Gov. Doug Ducey’s office (03/30/2020). The decision comes as a measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

State authorities made the decision to close schools after updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, and federal guidelines suggest practicing social distancing through the end of April.

Governor Ducey signed a bi-partisan budget agreement Saturday 03/28/2020 to help fund the state’s COVID-19 response.  The bill, which allocates $50 million in spending, will help relieve small businesses, residents facing evictions, food banks and other essential services during the outbreak.

The budget also funds teacher pay raises, access to childcare for low-income households, access to mental health services to underserved youth and other state services.   On Friday, Governor Ducey  signed a statewide bill expanding unemployment benefits. 

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on party lines to extend the proclamation of business closures in unincorporated Pima County to April 10 and add a civil penalty. Bars and gyms and other gathering places, including dine-in restaurants, will remain closed.  By adding a civil penality- the County’s Health Department can respond to complaints of violations, potentially relieving the Sheriff’s Department as the primary enforcement authority for the proclamation. First violations of the board’s order would be a written warning. A second violation would be a $500 fine. Further violations would be fines of $2,500 per occurrence.  The Supes also voted 4-1 to send a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey asking him to consider to all options available, including supporting a shelter in place for Arizona… and they voted to hold weekly meetings every Thursday during the pandemic.

Governor Ducey yesterday (3/26/2020) issued an Executive Order requiring hospitals to increase the amount of hospital bed capacity in the state, take steps to optimize staffing levels and maximize critical resources. The Governor also issued an Executive Order requiring health care insurance companies to expand telemedicine coverage for all services that would normally be covered for in-person visits, ensuring that Arizonans who may be sick, under quarantine, or in high-risk populations, can access care from their homes.

To address the economic challenges Arizonans are facing during the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Ducey wants changes to federal food assistance programs in Arizona that would allow the purchase of hot meals and result in timelier approval of eligibility. He announced yesterday that the state of Arizona has requested permission from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services to implement program changes to expand access to nutritious foods through the SNAP program to make resources easy to access and available for all who need them.

Funding from the $2 trillion stimulus package will soon be coming to Tucson. The cash will, in part, fund city Police, fire, transit, water delivery, trash and recycling. But Mayor Romero says her priority is with the business community, non-profits and workers who are struggling.

Governor Ducey announced Friday, March 20, 2020 he was extending the state income tax filing deadline to July 15 – the same as the newly announced Federal tax deadline.  He also issued an executive order that allows Arizona residents apply for unemployment immediately after losing a job instead of having to wait a week before getting benefits.  It also removes work search requirements.

Banner Health now has one drive through testing at UMC. Individuals must meet the CDC criteria and must remain in their cars.   Drive-thru testing will be by appointment only -with NO walk-ins. Patients with concerns about symptoms can call Banner to speak with a clinical team member, who will determine if testing should be the next step. The number will be staffed  Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Tucson City council held a special meeting Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Starting March 25, 2020, city services will be carried out virtually.  Officials will take time to educate the homeless population about COVID-19.  Washing stations and portable toilets have been installed in various locations around the Tucson area and more will be set up round the city – as soon as possible. And, Mayor Romero said she supports a state-wide stay-at-home order and urged Ducey to consider implementing it throughout Arizona.

On March 24, 2020 Governor Ducey issued an order to halt evictions of renters during the outbreak. Ducey ordered the Arizona Nursing Board and the Arizona Medical Board to exempt all Arizona certified registered nurse anesthetists from an overly burdensome, optional federal regulation that has already been waived in more than a dozen other states. Until now, CRNAs had to work under direct supervision by a surgeon or anesthesiologist when treating Medicare and Medicaid patients.  (By allowing CRNAs to use their full range of skills, other physicians will be freed up to assist the patients with most complex medical conditions.”)

Support These Tucson Businesses!

Royal Kia, Royal Buick GMC Cadillac, Royal Jaguar Land Rover, MINI of Tucson, Lexus of Tucson (Speedway & Columbus and Auto Mall)
All 7 locations open for sales and service


Beyond Bread

All three locations open for online ordering, or call-in takeout

Mon – Fri: 7:00am – 6:00pm. Sat: 7:00am – 6:00pm. Sun: 7:00am – 6:00pm

10% off all online orders with code BREAD


Goodwill of Southern Arizona

All Retail stores open with new temporary hours


Temporary Donation Center hours


Some Donation Centers closed, visit for more information.


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Posted by 106.3 The Groove on Tuesday, March 17, 2020