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In this issue, you’ll hear about the amount of personal protective equipment the Health Department's logistics team is handing out, how The Loop is getting national attention, and the recent honor picked up by a member of the Communications Office.

That's a lot of PPE

Spencer Graves (seated at left)At the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Pima County Health Department's logistics team prioritized getting Personal Protective Equipment like masks, gowns, face shields and nitrile gloves to medical facilities and nursing homes. As those orders were filled, restaurants and other businesses also were assisted. Now, as schools gear up to return to in-person instruction, the logistics team, led by Spencer Graves (seated) and Krista Romero-Cardenas, is supplying educators with equipment.

To date, that's totaled 6.7 million pieces of PPE, well over the 4 million items of personal protective equipment distributed by Maricopa County.

Loop wins praise from travel guide

Locals have long known that The Loop was one of the best bike trails out there. Now the rest of the world does too.

Fodor’s Travel, one of the leading travel guides in the world, included The Chuck Huckelberry Loop among its “15 Most-Scenic Bike Trails in America.” The Loop won praise for its ability to connect everything from public parks to sports fields to farmer’s markets as well as for its spectacular views of “cacti, javelinas, and other Sonoran desert delights.”

Our Regional Flood Control District designed and built The Loop's 131 miles of trails. Staff from Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation maintain it.

Check out The Loop's Number 9 ranking.

Award-winning sports writing

Dick Tomey (left) with Anthony GiminoAnthony Gimino, a writer in the Communications Office and contributor to AllSportsTucson.com, won third place for community sports feature reporting from the Arizona Press Club. The award-winning entry was for a reflection following the death of former University of Arizona football coach Dick Tomey. Read it here

The story also won an honorable mention last year from the Football Writers Association of America, a national organization of the top news outlets in the country. 

Gimino (pictured at right with Tomey) covered University of Arizona athletics for 25 years, including as a football beat reporter for the Arizona Daily Star and sports columnist at the Tucson Citizen, winning multiple state and national awards for writing and reporting.
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