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    COVID-19 testing 
    Apr 05, 2021 - Registration opens April 9 
    File: Vaccination 
    Apr 02, 2021 - Eligibility expansion begins Monday, April 5, at 8 a.m. 
    Drive Through Vaccination 
    Mar 26, 2021 - County recommends public still wear masks, keep distance.  
    Resident gets COVID-19 vaccine at drive-thru clinic 
    Mar 24, 2021 - Starting Thursday, March 25 at 9:00 a.m., Pima County will expand current COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include three major groups based on three criteria 
    File 
    Mar 24, 2021 - If OK'd, vaccinations would improve vaccination rates of Hispanics, African Americans 
    COVID Vaccination 
    Mar 15, 2021 - A letter from the Health Department Director to long term care providers and community partners explains the eligibility expansion. 
    File: restaurant kitchen 
    Mar 11, 2021 - The new groups may begin to make appointments March 12 at 9 a.m.  
     
    Mar 05, 2021 - The latest Public Health Advisory covers updates, changes to recommendations, and more COVID-19 news. 
     
    Mar 05, 2021 - It's getting better, but we can't let our guard down.  
    aerial shot of kino sports complex 
    Mar 05, 2021 - Pima County Health Department has released a new Public Health Advisory, which includes plans to re-open County-owned facilities including parks and the Kino Sports Complex, for organized sports activities starting March 6. 
    nasal swab covid-19 testing  
    Mar 04, 2021 - Pima County and Paradigm Laboratories will be closing the Downtown Tucson Testing Center on March 6 due to shifting testing needs throughout the County. 
    Staff answering phones during COVID-19 pandemic 
    Mar 04, 2021 - Starting March 6, Pima County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center will change its operating hours on the weekends. 
     
    Mar 03, 2021 - Banner Health to consolidate vaccinations to Kino Stadium location 
     
    Feb 24, 2021 - The doses of the Moderna vaccine will be used as part of the County’s efforts to increase vaccination rates in marginalized and high risk communities through their mobile vaccination site program. 
    Drive-thru vaccine site with sign reading Pfizer dose #2 
    Feb 18, 2021 - As vaccine providers in Pima County await vaccine deliveries, more appointments are set to be postponed at County supported sites. 
    COVID Vaccine 
    Feb 17, 2021 - Weather-related shipping issues could temporarily postpone 2,800 appointments. 
    COVID Vaccine 
    Feb 16, 2021 - Pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccination appointments will expand at County-supported sites to people over 65 beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 18.  
     
    Feb 12, 2021 - First dose shots to be curtailed to ensure all 2nd shots given.  
    UA Walk-up Vaccination Clinic 
    Feb 10, 2021 - The state Department of Emergency and Military Affairs will be expanding a County vaccination site at the University of Arizona, increasing vaccine delivery capacity in the County and in Southern Arizona. 
    COVID-19 Vaccination 
    Feb 04, 2021 - The Pima County Health Department today announced that it will expand the 1B priority COVID-19 vaccination group to people over 70 years old.  
    COVID Testing 
    Jan 27, 2021 - A Pima County-based study of a potentially promising COVID-19 screening method appears as a featured entry in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a prestigious national medical journal published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  
     
    Jan 14, 2021 - Banner-UMC Cancer Center also starting 1B Jan. 15 
     
    Jan 14, 2021 - Banner also operating vaccination center at UMC Cancer Center.  
    Vaccine 
    Dec 23, 2020 - In a single week, about 6,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered to residents of Pima County through Wednesday. 
     
    Dec 21, 2020 - December COVID-positive numbers greater than all other months combined.  
     
    Dec 18, 2020 - Pfizer allocation reduced for next week. 
    Night life 
    Dec 16, 2020 - Infection rates are soaring in Pima County. 
     
    Dec 16, 2020 - The outbreak will not affect department's ability to protect the public health.  
    Health care worker giving shot 
    Dec 14, 2020 - Health care workers and residents in long-term care facilities among first eligible recipients 
     
    Dec 11, 2020 - Health Department, Hospitals and Emergency Services agencies need your help.  
     
    Dec 07, 2020 - Recommendations will be updated and shared as new information becomes available.  
    COVID Testing 
    Dec 04, 2020 - With widespread transmission COVID-19 across Arizona, the Health Department announced Friday expanded free COVID-19 testing at several locations. 
    Board of Supervisors 
    Dec 04, 2020 - Actions at emergency meeting include mask mandate, emergency health advisory. 
    File: downtown Tucson 
    Nov 24, 2020 - Residents countywide should stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily through Dec. 31 due to substantial community spread of COVID-19. 
    cars lining up for drive-thru covid-19 testing 
    Nov 13, 2020 - Pima County Health Department, Pima Community College (PCC) and Arizona State University (ASU) are opening three new COVID-19 testing sites over the next few weeks. 
    Reach the Loop 
    Oct 22, 2020 - Upgrades include new benches, better access paths. 
    PPE 
    Oct 13, 2020 - Limited supplies initially required prioritization  
     
    Oct 09, 2020 - Helps organizers comply with state limitation on public gatherings of more than 50 people. 
    Person taking paper survey 
    Oct 06, 2020 - The Pima County Health Department needs your help defining its vision and mission, and setting goals to align the Health Department’s resources with the community’s public health priorities. 
     
    Sep 18, 2020 - Pima County Opens Free Flu Shot Clinic 
    COVID testing 
    Sep 17, 2020 - Testing sites will be available in areas where people congregate.  
    Halloween decorations in yard of a house 
    Sep 15, 2020 - Physical Distancing, online activities recommended 
    COVID testing 
    Sep 15, 2020 - 14-day recommendation is for students living on or near campus. 
    Tumamoc Hill 
    Sep 04, 2020 - Health Department will staff table during peak hours. 
     
    Sep 03, 2020 - Pima County has a checklist to help working parents determine the safety of child care providers amid COVID-19. 
     
    Aug 25, 2020 - Community partnership encourages safe physical activity during COVID-19 
    Testing swab 
    Aug 07, 2020 - County and Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs leading effort. 
    COVID testing 
    Aug 06, 2020 - County, City of Tucson and Paradigm Laboratories partnering on effort. 
    Masked man 
    Jul 31, 2020 - New early data suggest that the Pima County and Tucson mask requirements may be having impact. 
    Contact tracer 
    Jul 29, 2020 - The new contact tracing teams have completed training. 
    COVID testing 
    Jul 27, 2020 - Saliva testing offered at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center. 
     
    Jul 09, 2020 - No doctor's order is required. By appointment only. No walk-in testing.  
    ASU Biodesign Institute 
    Jul 07, 2020 - Supervisors approve contract at July 7 meeting. 
     
     
    Jul 01, 2020 - Ready For You emblem will alert patrons to businesses following county COVID-19 rules. 
     
    Jun 19, 2020 - Rule is in effect now. Please wear a mask 
    Bighorn Fire in Catalina Mountains June 2020 
    Jun 17, 2020 - Officials and residents can take steps to protect themselves from COVID-19 during other emergencies 
    hospital equipment 
    May 27, 2020 - The criteria are spelled out on the County’s Back to Business website. 
     
    May 21, 2020 - Rules apply to restaurants, bars, fitness centers and hotels and resorts.  
    pills 
    May 15, 2020 - Fentanyl is extremely potent, frequently leading to accidental overdose 
    Kid at pool 
    May 14, 2020 - Regulations address the use of public and semi-public swimming pools as part of its COVID-19 pandemic response 
    Food service workers 
    May 11, 2020 - Health Department has sent all restaurants and other facilities with on-premises dining 17 protective measures they should adopt. 
    Gown manufacturing 
    May 11, 2020 - World View has pivoted its operations to become a Cinderella of sorts, creating isolation gowns for Pima County healthcare workers. 
    Dr. Theresa Cullen 
    Apr 29, 2020 - Dr. Theresa Cullen was Assistant U.S. Surgeon General 
    File: medical equipment 
    Apr 13, 2020 - Map reveals where concentrations of people who tested positive live – not necessarily where someone is at higher risk of coming in contact with the virus.  
    COVID-19 closeup 
    Mar 26, 2020 - Person was a male in his 70s with other health conditions that may have put him at higher risk. 
     
    Mar 23, 2020 - Health officials urge community to take precautions to slow the spread of the virus. 
    Doctor and patient 
    Mar 22, 2020 - Total is effective March 22 
    COVID-19 under microscope 
    Mar 20, 2020 - The new case is a woman in her 60s who is isolating and not hospitalized. 
     
    Mar 19, 2020 - Visit our COVID-19 webpage for the latest news. 
    CDC Illustration 
    Mar 18, 2020 - Testing confirmed no coronavirus connection  
    Hand washing 
    Mar 16, 2020 - Individual receiving care at area hospital. 
    File: Bob England, M.D. 
    Mar 15, 2020 - Case is the first case confirmed by a private testing lab.  
    File: Bob England, M.D. 
    Mar 09, 2020 - The resident recently returned from a trip where the virus had become widespread. 
    Inspector 
    Aug 26, 2019 - Department News Article Summary Goes Here 
     
    Aug 20, 2019 - The Academic Health Department will help bridge the gap between the education of public health professionals and the practice of public health. 
    League of American Bicyclists 
    Jun 19, 2019 - Educators are first Native Americans in Arizona to earn certification.  
    Baby being held 
    May 29, 2019 - Health Department partnering with Drexel Heights Fire on summer program. 
    Wikimedia Commons: Measles Rash 
    May 01, 2019 - An out-of-state visitor with measles traveled to Tucson between April 17 through 29 and may have exposed the public to the disease.  
     
    Mar 27, 2019 - REAL DEAL on vaping aims to break nicotine habit. 
    Stock Photo Illustration 
    Mar 19, 2019 - Latest Community Health Needs Assessment identifies behavioral health, obesity and access to services as top three local health challenges. 
    People taking notes at meeting 
    Feb 22, 2019 - Public invited to 7 upcoming meetings or welcome to give online feedback. 
    File: Community Mental Health and Addiction Program team 
    Feb 08, 2019 - The four-person team will take a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to combating ailments that have such a pervasive impact on the community. 
     
    Jan 18, 2019 - Health Department Reports Outbreak of Hepatitis A 
    File: Vaccines 
    Jan 16, 2019 - Department receives Project Public Health Ready accreditation for exhibiting a high level of readiness to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. 
     
    Dec 14, 2018 - Recent rise in cases prompts local agencies to take action. 
    File: kids at play 
    Oct 16, 2018 - The one-year, $762,865 CDC grant seeks to to reduce chronic diseases in Native American and Hispanic children and their families. 
    Congenital_syphilis 
    Sep 28, 2018 - Pima County Health Department Congenital Syphilis Letter to Healthcare Providers 
     
    Jul 19, 2018 - Modified Hours Aim to Accommodate Seasonal Rush  
    Kit Fox/credit: Andrew Jones, The Wildlife Society 
    Jan 11, 2018 - A Vail woman was attacked and then bitten by a fox and now is being treated for possible exposure to rabies. 
    Blackout Tobacco Campaign Logo 
    Nov 08, 2017 - Pima County Health Department launches a “Blackout Tobacco” campaign for the 2017 Great American Smoke Out (GASO) on Thursday, November 16. 
     
    Aug 04, 2017 - Pet owners can follow simple steps to keep their pets safe. 
     
    Jun 27, 2017 - Department News Article Summary Goes Here 
     
    Jun 01, 2017 - New deputy director also appointed. 
     
    May 26, 2017 - Officials provide heat illness information and tips to keep people safe. 
     
    May 24, 2017 - Effort a partnership between Health Department, Tobacco Prevention Youth Coalitions. 
     
    Apr 11, 2017 - Traffic accident damaged utility lines that need to be repaired.  
     
    Mar 23, 2017 - The public is invited to attend a free information session March 29 to learn more. 
    Blood Pressure Checks at Pima County Library 
    Feb 09, 2017 - Department News Article Summary Goes Here 
     
    Feb 08, 2017 - Child Flu Death Confirmed by County and State Health Services 
     
    Jan 13, 2017 - Recess is fun time for newly minted "recess leaders" to show some leadership skills. 
     
    Jan 13, 2017 - It was found on Jan. 12 in the Proctor Parking Lot/Trail Head  
     
    Dec 08, 2016 - Learn more before open enrollment ends Jan. 31, 2017. 
     
    Oct 21, 2016 - Get your flu shot and follow these tips to stay healthy. 
     
    Oct 10, 2016 - Anyone with questions on mosquito-borne diseases can call the hotline. 
     
    Aug 18, 2016 - The Town of Sahuarita Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously voted to make all town parks tobacco-free. 
     
    Jul 28, 2016 - Free fair provides educational support to pregnant women and new moms interested in breastfeeding. 
     
    Jul 22, 2016 - Exposure to mercury can have serious health consequences. 
    Fight the Bite 
    Jun 17, 2016 - Returning Traveler Tests Positive for Zika Virus: Threat of Spread in Pima County Remains Low 
    Extreme Heat 
    Jun 16, 2016 - Near Record Heat This Weekend Requires Extreme Precautions 
    reddington rincon 
    Jun 02, 2016 - Pima County residents urged to take extra precautions to prevent heat-related illness. 
    Kid getting shot 
    May 26, 2016 - It's one of 134 health departments that have achieved accreditation since 2011.  
    Boy Throwing Frisbee 
    May 13, 2016 - Why wait in line for school immunizations? Families can get them now and be ahead of the game 
    Bat 
    May 13, 2016 - In recent weeks, seven wild animals have tested positive for Rabies.  
    HD Logo 
    May 12, 2016 - Bat Found Near Northside Apartment Complex Tests Positive for Rabies 
    Kid and mom at Health Dept. 
    Apr 19, 2016 - MAMA project a partnership with County’s Ending Poverty Now initiative 
     
    Mar 01, 2016 - The changes start April 1 and apply to current permit holders and future applicants. 
     
    Jan 11, 2016 - Leaders to share findings Wednesday, Jan. 13. 
     
    Jan 06, 2016 - Last day to sign up through Marketplace is Jan. 31. 
     
    Oct 26, 2015 - Period runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2016. 
     
    Sep 28, 2015 - Health Department also named a finalist for Outstanding Health Organization. 
     
    Sep 18, 2015 - Patient had other underlying conditions 
     
    Sep 14, 2015 - Get all of your questions answered by the experts. 
     
    Sep 08, 2015 - Most cases involve children 
     
    Sep 08, 2015 - Call Health Department if you had contact with it 
     
    Aug 19, 2015 - Virus may have contributed to death of elderly woman 
     
    Aug 14, 2015 - If you have to go out, stay hydrated, protected 
     
    Jul 30, 2015 - Fair will also feature giveaways, prizes and playtime 
     
    Jul 01, 2015 - On June 30, school nurses learned the latest on a variety of public health issues. 
    Theresa Lee Public Health Center 
    Jun 30, 2015 - The Pima County Health Department opened a brand new 10,000-square-foot public health center Monday. 
    man drinking water 
    May 29, 2015 - June highest risk for heat-related illness 
     
    May 28, 2015 - Joins Theresa Lee Clinic and Walter C. Rogers South Clinic 
     
    Mar 30, 2015 - Pima County partners with local school 
    Daniel Lopez 
    Mar 17, 2015 - Daniel Lopez and Gloria Barrett honored 
    Health care photo 
    Feb 03, 2015 - No-cost flu and measles vaccines available for children 
     
    Jan 07, 2015 - Deal also includes agreement with Arizona Board of Regents for medical education support 
     
    Dec 18, 2014 - Case marks the first reported pediatric flu-related death in Pima County since 2009. 
     
    Dec 17, 2014 - No longer be providing on-demand tuberculosis (TB) skin testing for clients without a referral issued by a healthcare provider. 
    Library Nurse Project recognized with national award 
    Dec 15, 2014 - PCPH project given Lillian Wald Service Award; Kathleen Malkin also honored. 
    Supervisor Bronson 
    Nov 12, 2014 - Enrollment lasts through Feb. 15. Some plans have changed, be sure to check status online. 
     
    Nov 06, 2014 - Health Department urges vaccination as flu season officially begins. 
    Pima County Health Department Ebola 
    Oct 02, 2014 - Ebola Public Health Alert - Pima County Health Department 
     
    Sep 03, 2014 - Grant to AFHP will help Pima County Residents Receive Health-care coverage. 
    Syphilis Icon 
    Aug 11, 2014 - Pima County is experiencing an increase in the number of syphilis cases. 
     
    Jul 18, 2014 - Dr. Garcia says the threat to public health remains low. 
     
    May 12, 2014 - Clinic walk-ins are welcome; no charge for children 
     
    Apr 10, 2014 - Immunization remains best prevention against disease 
     
    Apr 09, 2014 - April 10 forum and panel discussion is free and open to the public 
     
    Apr 08, 2014 - Rabies quarantine in effect in neighboring Santa Cruz County. 
     
    Mar 12, 2014 - March 18 marks the first legislative awareness day. 
     
    Feb 24, 2014 - Assistance is free and at 14 convenient locations. 
     
    Feb 11, 2014 - It's a one-stop shop to find information and schedule appointments! 
     
    Jan 23, 2014 - At this time it is uncertain if any humans or their pets had physical contact with the skunk. 
     
    Dec 20, 2013 - FDA has received reports of more than 3,600 dogs and 10 cats possible affected. 
     
    Dec 19, 2013 - For health insurance coverage to begin January 1, 2014, applications must be complete by Dec. 23. 
     
    Oct 28, 2013 - Vaccines include flu shots for adults age 19 through 64 without insurance. 
     
    Oct 02, 2013 - Despite a federal shutdown of government services, the Pima County Health Department and its clinics remain open and ready to serve community members. 
     
    Sep 30, 2013 - Prevention is key for those over 65, who are most at risk of flu complications 
     
    Sep 23, 2013 - Pima County has confirmed positive cases of rabies in 20 wild animals so far in 2013, including 14 bats, five skunks, and one bobcat,  
     
    Aug 26, 2013 - A new effort launched this week to help Arizona youth kick smoking. Modeled after the successful Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine), The CIGNAL is aimed at young adults, directing callers under the age of 23 to specially trained youth coaches.  
     
    Jul 15, 2013 - To kick off World Breastfeeding Awareness Week, the Pima County Health Department will celebrate with a health fair on Aug. 1  
     
    Jul 01, 2013 - The Pima County Health Department is working to ensure a healthy bottom line, sponsoring a diaper drive through the month of July to respond to a critical need for diapers throughout the community. 
     
    Jun 24, 2013 - A generous donation from the Genematas Foundation will help ensure that children visiting Pima County health clinics will be exposed to the spark of learning while their physical needs are being addressed. 
     
    Jun 06, 2013 - Crisp red peppers, juicy peaches, and leafy green spinach all reach their peak of flavor during the summer months.  
     
    May 09, 2013 - The Pima County Health Department, in honor of Child Care Provider Appreciation Day on Friday, May 10, would like to recognize and thank caregivers in Pima County for their passion and dedication to raising healthy children 
     
    May 09, 2013 - The Arizona Business Coalition on Health has been awarded a nearly $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and United Health Foundation to improve health among Pima County residents through increased physical activity.  
     
    May 08, 2013 - In celebration of Mother’s Day and National Nurses Week, Tucson nurses in partnership with the Pima County Health Department, the University of Arizona (UA) College of Nursing, and the National Institute of Health (NIH) “Safe to Sleep” public health campaign, want to remind parents of the ABCs of safe infant sleep. Babies should always sleep: A – alone, B – on their backs, and C – in a safe and empty crib. A-B-C: Always and without exception!  
    Potential Exposure at Clinic 
    Apr 17, 2013 - The Pima County Health Department is currently contacting 174 dental patients who were seen at the T Dental Clinic at 3662 W. Ina Road in Marana between January and July of 2010 because they may have been exposed to blood borne diseases like Hepatitis or HIV. This is a precautionary measure and at this time no cases of transmission of disease have been identified. 
    Pima County Health News 
    Apr 10, 2013 - High quality, accessible healthcare and positive health outcomes should be available to all, regardless of race, ethnicity, income and geography. Your News Summary Goes Here. 
    Pima County Health News 
    Apr 08, 2013 - Due to a national shortage of the Tubersol solution used for tuberculosis (TB) skin testing, the Pima County Health Department is following the guidelines of the Arizona Department of Health Services and temporarily suspending routine screenings normally offered at clinics as of April 15, 2013.  
    Get Fit Children's Museum 
    Apr 04, 2013 - What do goats, tomato seeds, jumping jacks and worm composting have in common? Not only can they all be part of a healthy lifestyle, but they will all play a role in the annual Let’s Get Fit Health and Wellness Fair at the Children’s Museum Tucson on Saturday, April 13. 
     
    Mar 04, 2013 - Debbie Weber, Nurse Manager at the Pima County Health Department South Office, has been selected as one of the Fabulous 50 Nurses for 2013 by the Tucson Nurses Week Foundation.  
     
    Feb 27, 2013 - Your News Summary Goes Here.