• A total of 401 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Arizona, according to the morning report from the Arizona Department of Health Services. That's a jump of 75 from yesterday's 326. Pima County had 49 confirmed cases in Pima County. The virus has killed 6 people in Arizona, including a Pima County woman in her 50s who had underlying health conditions. More details here.
• Nonviolent defendants may be soon released from Pima County Jail so they can avoid catching the bug should it spread in lockup.
• Drive-Thru coronavirus testing in Pima County has hit a speed bump: While test kits are available, local health officials are scrambling to find enough swabs and other sterile equipment to take samples from people.
• The Rialto Theatre has launched a fantasy concert series. Check out tonight's bill here.
• Nevermind about that whole theft of test kits from El Rio Clinic thing.
• COVID-19 IS NOT THE FLU.
• The Salvation Army is holding a food drive to collect meals for seniors who cannot grocery shop (and details where you can find food support if you're in a pinch). Plus: Pics from today's food drive by Interfaith Community Services.
• The Tucson Weekly could use your support.
Health and government officials have urged the public to avoid unnecessary trips and gatherings of more than 10 people. They warn that the extremely contagious virus is rapidly spreading in the community. Symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear, so people can pass COVID-19 without realizing they have been infected with it. Some people remain entirely asymptotic but are carriers.
As COVID-19 has spread, local and state officials limited restaurants to take-out and delivery services in counties where cases of the virus have been confirmed. Here’s a parital list of restaurants that are offering take-out and delivery services.
In the face of the spreading virus, Gov. Doug Ducey yesterday ordered a halt to evictions for 120 days. Evictions in Pima County had been on hold since last week when county constables said they would no longer deliver eviction orders over concerns over putting people on the street in the midst of a pandemic.
Ducey has also shuttered schools through April 10. In addition, he's ordered bars, gyms and theaters to be closed in any county with confirmed COVID-19 cases, halted all elective surgery to keep hospital beds available for COVID-19 patients and activated the National Guard to assist in grocery stores as Arizonans clear the shelves.
COVID-19 symptoms typically occur two to 14 days after exposure, and include headache, fever, cough, and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. However, some cases of the virus are entirely asymptomatic. Practices to avoid infection include social distancing (of at least six feet), washing your hands, avoiding unnecessary trips and not touching your face. COVID-19 can survive on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on stainless steel and plastic surfaces up to three days. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, speak with a healthcare provider for medical advice.
According to the CDC, people who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Stay at home and avoid public transportation, but stay in touch with your doctor. If you do leave your home, wear a facemask and clean your hands often. If you develop more severe symptoms (persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, bluish lips) get medical attention immediately. Your local health authorities will give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.
Have you caught COVID-19? Are you feeling ill? Is your small business struggling to make it? Have you lost your job as a result of the outbreak? Are you struggling to manage your kids while schools are closed? Tell us your COVID-19 stories. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org