Elders and their family members can once again embrace each other through a "Hug Tunnel" constructed at the St. Luke's Home in Tucson. Linda Hollis, chief executive officer, says the idea came from a news report about a nursing home in Brazil that made a tunnel.
Mamta Popat has been a photojournalist with the Arizona Daily Star since 2003. She covers a wide range of topics including daily life, news and sports. She's the only vegetarian in the photo department.
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Nearly 7,000 Pima County residents died from all causes through the first seven months of 2020, representing an increase of more than 900 deaths from this point a year ago and a 20% upsurge from the average of the previous five years.
In Arizona's counties currently listed as having a "minimal'' or "moderate'' chance of coronavirus spread — nine at last count, including Pima County — the rules require all congregate care settings to offer limited outdoor visitation.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's order shuttering bars during COVID-19 remains intact, at least for now, a judge ruled late Tuesday, spurning the owners of more than 100 bars and taverns who tried to block its enforcement.