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As the spread of coronavirus continues, here are the latest updates from Southern Arizona.
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Friday, August 14
• University of Arizona President: Pac-12 made right call in putting sports on pause.
Thursday, August 13
• Congress must support Arizona's Medicaid program, writes Siman Qassim, CEO of Children's Action Alliance.
Wednesday, August 12
• The University of Arizona will not play football this year for the first time since World War II — and the Wildcats won't play basketball until 2021 at the earliest. That's because the Pac-12 Conference on Tuesday announced it was postponing all sports through the end of the 2020 calendar year because of lingering concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.
• "There is so much more at stake during the coronavirus pandemic than a few postponed football games," writes Star Sports Columnist Greg Hansen.
• A man goes on a rant about face masks inside a Marana Sprouts store. And the curse-filled video went viral instantly.
• COVID-19 presents vast challenges, opportunities, writes Jennifer Longdon, a Democrat who is an Arizona state representative in District 24.
Tuesday, August 11
• Under pressure from a court order, Gov. Doug Ducey agreed Monday to provide a 'roadmap' to eventually allow not just gyms and fitness centers to reopen but also movie theaters, water parks and some bars. On Monday, the state said Cochise and Pima counties are both close to meeting the metrics for such re-openings.
Monday, August 10
• A coalitions of employees from the University of Arizona who are concerned about furloughs and reopening plans at the campus during the coronavirus pandemic are moving forward with an effort to unionize.
• ICYMI, stories related to the COIV-19 pandemic from Sunday's edition: Homebuilders in the Tucson area are hustling to keep up with an unexpected demand for new homes that is being fueled by low mortgage rates, lack of existing home inventory and a work-from-home model. Further, the Tucson market is also attracting tech workers from places such as Silicon Valley, who are indefinitely working remotely and want to leave urban areas and reduce housing costs; Pac-12 players of the 'WeAreUnited' movement who are pushing the conference to address their concerns about COVID-19 protocols, racial injustice in college sports and economic rights for college athletes say they're 'disappointed and deeply concerned' after a recent meeting with the conference's commissioner; and here are 6 ways parents can prepare for more pandemic school.
Sunday, August 9
Saturday, August 8
•Arizona has recorded more than 186,000 coronavirus cases, the Arizona Department of Health Services said Saturday. There were 56 new deaths reported today. Here's a look at today's map of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and the rest of Arizona.
• Most Arizonans aren't comfortable with sending kids back to school during the pandemic, a new poll shows. However, most can be swayed if they're are convinced schools are implementing certain safety measures.
• COVID-19 may soon become 3rd-leading cause of Arizona deaths, according to state data.
Friday, August 7
• Arizona health officials laid out a three-part test Thursday for when they say it will be safe for schools reopen — in full or in part — during the coronavirus pandemic. Is it safe to reopen schools during the pandemic? It depends.
Thursday, August 6
• On Wednesday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 182,200; 16,964 in Tucson area.
Wednesday, August 5
• Eviction judgments in at least 54 Pima County cases might have violated a federal act put in place to protect low-income people from losing their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arizona State Bar has started a review of the cases that involved three attorneys.
• ICYMI, weekend coronavirus stories: Health officials worry coronavirus cases will climb in Tucson when classes resume at the University of Arizona; Hundreds of Tucson teachers told to return to classrooms say they worry about their health; What you need to know about virus testing in the workplace; Tucsonans who lost their job during the virus crisis are facing financial limbo as the federal unemployment boost ends.
Tuesday, August 4
• Tucson's Border Patrol agents are catching more backpackers hauling meth through the desert. The shift comes amid a years-long decline in marijuana smuggling along Arizona's border with Mexico, as well as recent travel restrictions related to the coronavirus that cut down on the legitimate traffic that allows smugglers to sneak contraband through ports of entry.
• AZ health director: Not all guidance on coronavirus from White House task force followed in state.
• For Tucson's well-being, mask up on Tumamoc Hill, writes Dr. Elizabeth 'Betsy' Cantwell, who leads the Office of Research, Innovation & Impact at the University of Arizona.
Monday, August 3
Sunday, August 2
• On Saturday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 177,000; 16,475 in Tucson area.
• State unemployment insurance needs to be raised now, writes Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik.
Saturday, August 1
• Vic Williams, a former state representative who is one of four Republicans vying to replace Supervisor Ally Miller, is being investigated by the County Attorney's Office after officials say he broke state law by taking pictures inside an early-voting site.
• If union delivery and warehouse workers at US Foods in Arizona go on strike to protest the company's COVID-19 safety practices, food deliveries for Tucson hospitals, nursing homes and schools could be disrupted.
• Former Arizona health director: Gyms should be able to reopen.
Friday, July 31
• Gov. Doug Ducey says the state won't make up how much unemployment benefit is being paid to people out of work in Arizona when $600 a week in extra federal benefits dries up this week. That means Arizona's jobless benefits will go back to a maximum payout of $240 a week, the second-lowest cap in the country.
• From the weekend: At least 1,300 businesses and nonprofits in Pima County received upward of $450 million through the Paycheck Protection Program. Use the Star's database to search all PPP loans issued to Arizona businesses. Meanwhile, Educators in Tucson decried Arizona's 'lack of leadership' over school openings during the pandemic and a public health professor at the University of Arizona says "things are getting better" about the latest COVID-19 data here.
Thursday, July 30
• Mistrust and miscommunication of the UA's medical staff is being cited by offensive lineman Edgar Burrola, who was suspended for violating the team's COVID-19 protocols.
Wednesday, July 29
• The earliest traditional instruction should resume at Tucson schools is after Labor Day, the Pima County Health Department says. Opening in-person classroom any sooner is too risky, according to guidelines the county released Tuesday.
• Traditional in-person classes at the University of Arizona will come at the end of a three-stage approach, and there's no guarantee it will happen before the end of the fall semester. Meanwhile, some employees at UA's fundraising affiliates say they're wary about returning to office work.
• Raytheon Technologies Corp. reported a second-quarter loss of nearly $4 billion in the second quarter because of one-time charges related to its April merger and plunging sales of aircraft components due to COVID-19.
Tuesday, July 28
• A free COVID-19 testing site is opening Wednesday in Tucson. The Pima County Health Department, in conjunction with Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Health Services, will open the site in the Flowing Wells area. The county already operates a free site on the city's south side. To schedule a test at the Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way, go to pima.gov/covid19testing or call 800-369-3584.
Monday, July 27
• A Tucson research center is one of 87 clinics around the country to be selected to participate in Phase 3 of a COVID-19 vaccine trial. Moderna, a national biotech company, is leading the study and announced the beginning of Phase 3 earlier this month. The company is looking to recruit up to 30,000 participants nationwide.
• 'Bars such as those surrounding the universities are breeding grounds for COVID-19,' private attorneys representing the Arizona Board of Regents wrote to a judge supporting Gov Doug Ducey in his move to close bars and gyms during the pandemic. 'Alcohol of course can disinhibit people and perhaps promote even more breaches of social distance and sharing of drinks and food.'
• Use the Star's database to search all PPP loans issued to Arizona businesses.
• The Pima County Sheriff's Department will hand out backpacks and school supplies to help families prepare for the upcoming school year. The modified Badges and Backpacks event will allow families to drive up or use a walk-up station, following coronavirus social distancing and safety guidelines.
Sunday, July 26
• At least 1,300 businesses and nonprofits in Pima County received upward of $450 million through the Paycheck Protection Program. Applicants told the feds the money would be used to help retain more than 76,000 jobs. Use the Star's database to search all PPP loans issued to Arizona businesses.
• "We could quibble a little bit about how fast, but I think it's clear that things are getting better," Dr. Joe Gerald, an associate professor with the University of Arizona's Zuckerman College of Public Health, says about the state's latest COVID-19 data.
• On Monday, Don Guerra, of Barrio Bread, will co-host an online baking class with Elizabeth Sparks, 4-H Youth Development Assistant Agent at the Tucson Village Farm. The pair will teach a class on how to make the perfect Community Loaf, a whole wheat, grain encrusted bread anyone can make at home, Guerra says. Learn more about the class and sign up at: tucsonvillagefarm.arizona.edu/local-celebrity-chef-classes. If you can’t make this class, Guerra offers classes periodically on his website, breadlessons.com.
• Teaching outdoors is a good way to reopen schools during the pandemic, writes Renée Schafer Horton.
• "Many people, including top leaders, casually say those with compromised immune systems should just stay home in order to be protected. A seemingly easy solution we accept without question as we go about our daily lives ... but why do we?," writes Dr. Erica McFadden, executive director of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
• "Everybody is a little relieved," with the decision to move fall sports to spring, says the athletic director at Pima Community College.
• Wildcats' return hinges on 'responsibility' of the student-athletes, Dave Heeke, University of Arizona athletic director, says in Greg Hansen's Sunday Notebook.
• Today's Keeping the Faith series features submissions by Rev. Michael Lonergan, pastor of Church of the Painted Hills, United Church of Christ; Jonathan Armstrong, the administrative pastor at Tucson Baptist Church; and Dr. Hugh Thompson, a member of the Eckankar clergy.
Saturday, July 25
• The coronavirus pandemic prompts Country Thunder to postpone a second time. The music festival is now set for April 2021.
• FC Tucson players boarded a plane to Miami Friday in anticipation of their much-anticipated season opener. Meanwhile, the team received a PPP loan to mitigate its financial hit. Use the Star's database to search all PPP loans issued to Arizona businesses.
• During these uncertain times, determining how to sustain preservation workers and continue conserving Mission San Xavier — one of the world's most important and culturally at-risk buildings — is complicated.
• The Star's David Fitzsimmons catches up with the Arroyo Cafe crew.
Friday, July 24
• On Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona schools chief Kathy Hoffman abandoned what had been an Aug. 17 'aspirational' date to begin offering in-classroom education. School leaders Thursday afternoon said they were trying to understand what Ducey's latest order means to their opening plans. There's no new date, but Arizona schools will be required to make on-site learning available for parents who want it. Meanwhile, the Arizona Department of Health Services is supposed to come up with 'public health benchmarks' by Aug. 7 that schools will be need to consider when determining whether to open classrooms. Teachers across Tucson have said they don't want to return to classrooms while the coronavirus rages, looking into the possibility of resigning or retiring if they're forced into a classroom.
• Gov. Doug Ducey has asked Congress to bail out the state's rapidly depleting unemployment trust fund, provide liability protection for businesses, schools and health-care workers, and extend the special federal unemployment benefits.
• Database: Search all PPP loans issued to Arizona businesses.
Thursday, July 23
• Gov. Doug Ducey acted legally in blocking evictions in Arizona, judge rules.
• Gov. Doug Ducey is feeling the pressure to scrap the idea of setting a firm date for Arizona students to return to classrooms. More education and health officials are saying the state needs specific conditions under which in-school instruction could be considered safe. That means establishing science-based metrics to consider rates of coronavirus infection and spread and how fast schools can get test results.
• Gee's Garden is closed after its landlord put a forcible detainer on the building for unpaid rent. The renter's financial woes were made worse by the pandemic, the building owner says.
• Database: Search all PPP loans issued to Arizona businesses.
Wednesday, July 22
• "Someone who lives here loved someone who died of COVID-19," Tucsonan Monica Mueller writes about displaying a black ribbon at home to remember her father.
• From the weekend: Teachers across Tucson say they don't want to return to classrooms while the coronavirus rages; Check out all the apartment and hotels being built downtowm; Researchers at the University of Arizona have begun to open their labs back up,
Tuesday, July 21
• "Your kids will be fine. I promise. It doesn't matter if they miss out on attending school in-person for awhile longer. As long as they are safe," writes Kathleen Bethel, a retired principal, retired science nonprofit CEO and a 2018 Tucson Public Voices fellow.
Monday, July 20
• Arizona's history of fierce individualism poses a challenge to enforcing measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus, even as the state has become one of the world's top hot spots for the disease.
• Arizona's conformed cases of coronavirus has reached 143,624, on Sunday, health officials said.
• If we all start wearing masks now, there's just enough time to make the start of the school year safer, writes Janet Funk, a physician and parent of high school seniors.
Sunday, July 19
• Even before the coronavirus claimed its first known American victim, President Trump was already reaching to connect the disease to the U.S.-Mexico border. "We must understand that border security is also health security," Trump said during a Feb. 28 rally in South Carolina, contending that more border wall was needed to keep the virus out, though it was already in the US and spreading. "We will do everything in our power to keep the infection and those carrying the infection from entering our country."
• The County Regional Flood Control District has mailed warning letters to more than 400 homeowners living along six washes in the Catalina Foothills and Pusch Ridge areas about the potential for flooding due to the Bighorn Fire, which has consumed more than 119,000 acres on the mountain since June 5. A recent video of a mess of black gunk, ash, tree limbs and brush flowing in the Cañada del Oro a few miles north of Oro Valley is a preview of what can happen, officials say.
• Haven't been downtown Tucson since the coronavirus pandemic started? Check out all the apartment and hotels being built there.
• Teachers across Tucson say they don't want to return to classrooms while the coronavirus rages, looking into the possibility of resigning or retiring if they're forced into a classroom.
• "I look forward to school beginning again. I look forward to my students safely coming back to the classroom. I do hope we get to restart classrooms safely and soon," writes Richard Moore, a Tucson educator.
• The virus crisis shows that it's critical for Arizona students to have better access to broadband internet, especially in the state's rural communities, writes Sybil Francis, president and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona.
Saturday, July 18
• Researchers at the University of Arizona have begun to open their labs back up, even while COVID-19 cases surge across the state and university officials struggle with whether to reopen for in-person classes this fall.
• "Please give your unwavering support to the University of Arizona by making our school inclusive, transparent and fair," Daniel Russell, a philosophy professor at the University of Arizona, write to state leaders who have oversight over the state's higher education system.
Friday, July 17
• Arizona renters hurt financially by the coronavirus pandemic will get eviction protection through October. With a deadline just days away, Gov. Ducey in Thursday extended the effort to help keep renters in their homes, easing a huge worry for Tucson housing advocates. Ducey also said Thursday that he won't implement the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that Arizona further reduce restaurant capacity nor will he issue a statewide mask-wearing order.
• Arizona's unemployment rate is going back up, new figures show.
• Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, both Democrats, are pushing bills that would help local news media outlets financially during the virus crisis.
Thursday, July 16
• The Tucson Unified School District says it expects to spend nearly $13 million in its effort to safely reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. The district's decision to go to online learning accounts for a lot of the extra spending. It also includes buying more laptops and tablets, maintaining those devices and hiring more monitors to supervise students in classrooms led by a teacher who is working remotely.
• 'I don't want to be on the news talking about somebody who dies because I allowed someone in the burn area,' Coronado National Forest Supervisor Kerwin Dewberry, says about a plan that will prohibit the public from visiting the Coronado National Forest on Mount Lemmon and in Sabino Canyon until Nov. 1. The big risk: flooding caused by runoff from burned areas.
• Arizonans should expect they will need to wear face masks through at least the end of 2020, says an aide to Gov. Doug Ducey.
• A judge rejects a bid by an Arizona fitness business to reopen facilities throughout state.
• After a seven-year break, Tucson's 17th Street Market reopened its doors last weekend after its owner had to refocus his event-based businesses during the pandemic.
• A new campaign on Tucson's North Fourth Avenue encourages visitors to wear face masks.
• Here's a searchable database of all Paycheck Protection Program loans of at least $150,000 given to Arizona businesses.
• The US needs to provide funding to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in the developing world for their protection — and ours, writes John Waszczak, a Tucsonan who is a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
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