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  • County places part of workforce on leave to comply with Governor's Stay Home order

    Mar 31, 2020 | Read More News
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    Pima County domeIn compliance with Gov. Doug Ducey’s March 30 Stay Home Executive Order, the County today implemented its plan to reduce its workforce to those essential for critical operations and for the COVID-19 response.

    The County is, and must be, committed to providing for the health, safety and welfare of every County resident. That means protecting our employees and the public by requiring as many employees as possible follow the Governor’s order and stay home. 

    However, the County must still operate critical infrastructure, including the Transportation and Wastewater systems, and provide important human services, especially the Health Department, which is managing the local response to the pandemic, and the Community Services, Employment and Training Department, which is providing assistance to workers affected by the economic repercussions of the effort to slow the spread of the virus.

    “The spread of COVID-19 through Pima County is growing and is beginning to tax our healthcare system. This decision by Gov. Doug Ducey is necessary and will help slow the spread of this virus in Pima County and Arizona. We must protect our community and healthcare system to keep it from becoming overwhelmed. Please, for your health and safety, and the health of your family and our community – stay home,” said County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francisco Garcia.

    At the close of business today, a number of non-essential employees will be asked to stay home on leave until the Governor’s Executive Order is rescinded or revised. These employees 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 or practical to work from home.

    “These are some of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make in my more than four decades with Pima County,” said County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. “But they are necessary. I and every member of the Board of Supervisors understand that these actions will cause financial hardships  for some employees if this order lasts more than a few weeks. We are doing everything we can to assist our workers through this difficult time.”

    As a result of the Stay Home order, 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.

    A complete list of these changes can be found on this webpage.