Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Three Local Restaurants Provide Meals for Essential Workers

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 9:48 AM

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Prep & Pastry, Commoner & Co. and eegee's have partnered up to deliver donated breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to grocery store workers throughout Tucson today.

“These individuals are taking a risk for all of us; they’re potentially exposing themselves to COVID-19 so that the rest of us can have access to critical grocery services, and we thought it was important to show our appreciation,” said Ron Petty, CEO of eegee’s, in a press release.

The move comes just after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a statewide stay-at-home order as confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona have climbed past 1,100. Under the order, Arizonans are still able to shop for groceries, medical and household needs, and pet supplies.


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Consuelo Hernandez Expected to Run for Elias' Seat

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 9:12 AM

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There are now two Democratic candidates running for the Pima County Supervisors District 5 seat left vacant after Supervisor Richard Elias died this past Saturday.

Consuelo Hernandez filed a Statement of Interest as well as a Statement of Organization with the Pima County Elections Department on Monday, according to Mary Martinson, elections unit supervisor for Pima County Elections Department.

Hernandez is currently running for Pima County Recorder after long-time county recorder F. Ann Rodriguez announced she will not seek reelection for an eighth term. It is unclear whether or not Hernandez intends to run for both offices. Should she win both campaigns, she would have to choose which office she planned to serve.

Adelita Grijalva also filed a statement of interest for the District 5 seat yesterday. However, she has yet to file a statement of organization at this time. Grijalva's decision to run is supported by Elias' surviving wife and daughter, Emily, and Luz, according to Grijalva's Facebook post announcement.

Grijalva's father, Congressman Raul Grijalva served as a Pima County Supervisor for District 5 from 1989 to 2002, when he resigned his position to run for Arizona's 7th congressional district. Elias was appointed to her father's vacant seat.

While the primary election is in August, the four remaining supervisors will have to choose a replacement for Elias to serve the remainder of his term. Supervisors are expected to discuss that process, which normally involves interviews and forums with applicants, at the next regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, April 7, according to Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson.

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Your Southern AZ Coronavirus AM Roundup for Tuesday, March 31: 1,289 Confirmed Cases in the State; 24 Now Dead; Ducey Tells Arizonans To Stay Home; School Year Canceled; Nursing Home Outbreak

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 9:03 AM

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The coronavirus has now killed 24 people statewide, including six in Pima County, as of Tuesday, March 31, according to the morning report from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

A total of 1,289 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Arizona. There are now 202 confirmed cases in Pima County, where six people have died after contracting the virus.

Officials at Sapphire of Tucson, a southside Tucson nursing home and rehabilitation center, revealed yesterday that it had 27 confirmed COVID-19 cases among its residents and patients.

In Maricopa County, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 788.

Gov. Doug Ducey yesterday closed the public schools through the rest of the academic year and issued a statewide stay-at-home order yesterday to discourage people from venturing out as the outbreak spreads. Because symptoms can take as long as two weeks to appear after exposure to the virus (and some people can remain entirely asymptomatic), health officials say community spread of the disease is far worse than the official numbers suggest. They have urged the public to avoid unnecessary trips and gatherings of more than 10 people.

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Under the order, Arizonans are still able to shop for groceries, medical and household needs, and pet supplies. They can also go work, pick up a take-out meal from a restaurant, travel to take care of a family member, friend or pet, and can still go walking, hiking, biking and golfing, provided that they adhere to social distancing guidelines.

“Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will ensure we build capacity in our healthcare system, and help protect the lives of those we love most,” Ducey said. “It’s important to emphasize that there are no plans to shut down grocery stores. People should continue to buy what you need for a week’s worth of groceries."

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said Ducey’s order does not go far enough and he should narrow his list of “essential businesses” that cannot be closed without approval from the state—a list that includes golf courses, barbershops and beauty salons.

“I urge Gov. Doug Ducey to narrow his list to reflect those services that are truly essential to Arizonans’ well-being,” Romero said via Twitter yesterday.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Your Southern AZ Coronavirus PM Roundup for Monday, March 30: Ducey Orders Statewide Stay-at-Home Order, Closes Schools; Tucson Nursing Home Reports 27 COVID-19 Cases; AZ Confirmed Cases Top 1K

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 5:21 PM

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Today in Southern Arizona COVID-19 news:

• Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered a statewide stay-at-home order beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, although people may still shop for groceries, and other supplies; go to work at a business the governor has deemed essential; visit family and friends who need help; and visit the great outdoors. Just stay at home as much as possible, folks. This is no joke. Ducey also joined Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman to announce that Arizona schools would remain closed through the remainder of the academic year.

• A local nursing home has reported 27 COVID-19 cases.

• Local courts have announced a new protective order process in response to COVID-19.

• Local First Arizona has launched a small business relief fund.

• In non-COVID-19 news: Adelita Grijalva, a TUSD Board member and daughter of Congressman Raul Grijalva, announced she would launch a bid for the District 5 seat on the Pima Board of Supervisors left vacant by the death of Supervisor Richard Elias.

Gov. Ducey Issues 'Stay At Home' Order

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 2:34 PM

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Gov. Doug Ducey has issued a statewide stay-at-home order as confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona have climbed past 1,100.

Under the order, Arizonans are still able to shop for groceries, medical and household needs, and pet supplies. You can also go work, pick up a take-out meal from a restaurant, travel to take care of a family member, friend or pet, and can still go walking, hiking, biking and golfing, provided that you adhere to social distancing guidelines. Essential businesses, as recently designated by Ducey, may remain open.

“Arizona citizens and businesses are already responsibly responding to this crisis," Ducey said. "This order builds on the state’s efforts to protect public health by reminding Arizonans to maintain healthy habits and find alternative ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones while spending time at home. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will ensure we build capacity in our healthcare system, and help protect the lives of those we love most. It’s important to emphasize that there are no plans to shut down grocery stores. People should continue to buy what you need for a week’s worth of groceries."

Local officials such as Mayor Regina Romero have been calling for Ducey to take further steps to restrict people's activities as the outbreak spreads.

Ducey's order comes as the number of deaths from the virus hit 20 and statewide confirmed cases surpassed four figures. A total of 1,157 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Arizona, according to the morning report from the Arizona Department of Health Services. There are now 187 confirmed cases in Pima County.

In Maricopa County, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 690.

Earlier today, Gov. Doug Ducey and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced this morning that school closures would continue through the end of the school year. Schools are transitioning to online learning and districts across the region are delivering lunch and breakfast meals to kids via school buses or setting up central locations.


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Tucson Nursing Home Reports 27 COVID-19 Cases

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 2:31 PM

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A nursing and rehabilitation facility located in Tucson reported 27 confirmed COVID-19 cases among its residents and patients.

Sapphire of Tucson announced the results Monday morning. According to the company, 24 patients and three employees tested positive. Sapphire is located at 2900 E. Milber St., near Banner-University Medical Center South.

"As soon as the first patient showed symptoms, we were immediately in touch with the Pima County Department of Health," the company said in a statement.

Sapphire said it will continue to work closely with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Pima County officials and additional health experts to ensure "we are taking every possible step to provide the appropriate care to all our residents."

"The source of the infection is unclear and remains under investigation," the company said.
Sapphire added that "infection control, patient safety, and patient care" are their top priority.

"Members of our staff are also complying with guidelines for infection prevention and control," the company said. "We have instructed any staff member who believes they may have been exposed to the virus, or are developing symptoms of respiratory infection, to leave work and self-isolate at home.

According to the state, there are currently 1,157 confirmed cases, and 187 in Pima County. COVID-19 is also responsible for 20 deaths in Arizona.

The Pima County Health Department has announced six deaths. The most recent was announced Sunday, March 29: A male between the age of 41 and 65 with underlying health conditions that put him at risk for the disease.

The county reported another death on Saturday, March 28, but would only release that it was a "male hospice patient between the age of 18 and 40."

According to the state, the majority of cases occur in individuals between the ages of 20 and 44. Arizona's risk of spreading COVID-19 is considered "Widespread."

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Adelita Grijalva Announces Bid For Elias' Seat

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 2:17 PM

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Tucson Unified School District Board Member Adelita Grijalva announced her intention to run for the Pima County District 5 seat in a Facebook post this afternoon. The announcement comes days District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias died on Saturday and just a week before the filing deadline to seek the office.

From the FB post:

The loss of Richard Eliás comes as our lives already feel turned upside down. With his sudden death, we have lost a true champion for Pima County. While we have no public opportunity to grieve or support one another, we are quickly approaching an April 6th election deadline that will not budge.

With the support of Emily and Luz Eliás, and with great pride and sorrow, I announce my candidacy for Pima County Supervisor District 5. I never expected to be in this position, to stand up under these circumstances to protect all that Richard stood for and cared about.

With your help, we must continue to fight for our shared progressive values and continue Richard's lasting legacy for our children and for our future. We must come together to protect our hard working families, our Sonoran Desert and our beloved Tucson. We cannot afford to lose our voice on the Pima County Board. I humbly ask for your support and help today, as we take this important step forward together.

Resist. Much love.

Thanks,
Adelita

Grijalva will be in a race against time trying to collect 199 signatures from registered democrats in District 5 before the Monday, April 6 deadline. 

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Courts Announce New Protective Order Process In Response to COVID-19 Emergency

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM

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The Pima County Superior Court, Justice Court, and Tucson City Court have moved their procedures for filing protection orders to an online format, due to the COVID-19 health emergency.

Victims of abuse, stalking, or harassment can now complete most requests for protection orders by phone and the internet.

Applicants must start their protection order request online using the Arizona Protective Order Initiation & Notification Tool (AZPOINT). They will be asked to complete an application, and receive a unique reference number. Applicants should use that number to call the Clerk of the Court for any of the three main downtown courts (Superior Court 520-724-3221, Justice Court 520-724-3942, or Tucson City Court 520-791-4971) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

According to a Superior Court press release:
The clerk will make sure the applicant meets the requirements for a hearing, then arrange a time for a judge to call them back. If the petition is granted during the telephonic, on-the-record hearing, the court will send the Order of Protection out for service the same day.

A delay in service for up to 72 hours can be accommodated.

Both the application and service of a domestic violence Order of Protection are free of charge to the person who filed it. Domestic Violence Orders of Protection are served by local law enforcement.

This move comes as the courts try to limit the amount of in-person interactions between court staff and the community. However, the courts will accommodate healthy individuals who need to process their protection requests in person.

The coronavirus has now killed 20 people statewide, including six in Pima County, as of Monday, March 30, according to the morning report from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
A total of 1,157 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Arizona. There are now 187 confirmed cases in Pima County.
The latest death in Pima County was described by health officials as a man between 41 and 65 who had underlying health conditions.

In Maricopa County, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 690.

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 or photo to tucsoneditor@tucsonlocalmedia.com

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