July 24 Pima County FYI: Readying for businesses, preparing for elections, honoring Richard Elías

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Newsletter 2

July 24, 2020 - Vol. 5, No. 10

ready for you

Pima County businesses are Ready for You

The Pima County Health Department is working with restaurants, resorts, and many others to ensure they are Ready For You. Our Consumer Health and Food Safety inspectors verify that these establishments are following the County's COVID-19 health and safety protective measures required by the Board of Supervisors Proclamation May 21.


Lincoln wearing a mask

Tell us why you wear a mask

Our fight against COVID-19 is far from over, but together we can get through it. Wearing a face mask is one of the simplest, most effective ways to slow the spread of the virus, but everyone needs to do their part.

That’s why we’re asking you to mask up and take to social media to share who you mask for.



Request your ballot now if you want to vote by mail

Friday, July 24, is the last day to request your vote-by-mail ballot for the 2020 Primary Election Aug. 4. The last day to mail back your ballot is Tuesday, July 28. You can also drop off your ballot at any early voting site or polling place on Election Day.



Beware the floods that follow fires

An ash-and-debris laden flash flood rolled down the Cañada del Oro Wash on July 15 after a minor rainstorm. This monsoon, expect to see more floods like this as a result of the Bighorn Fire, which left the ground charred, barren, and unable to absorb water.

Learn how to be flood safe and what you can do to protect yourself and your property at www.pima.gov/FloodsFollowFires.


Richard Elias

UA award honors late Board Chairman Richard Elías

The deadline is July 31 to submit nominations for the Richard Elías Legacy Award, given by the University of Arizona's Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families.

Elías represented Pima County's District 5 since his appointment to the seat in 2002 and was serving as Board Chairman when he died suddenly on March 28 at age 61.

Nominees should be community focused, work for justice and be champions of the Sonoran Desert and its people.



Need PPE? Pima County’s got you covered.

Pima County is supporting businesses that might need help in acquiring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees.

This Countywide program follows the success of a pilot program launched June 24 in which the County teamed up with Downtown Tucson Partnership to assist downtown businesses in an effort to speed their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dr. Terry Cullen

In Case You Missed It

Dr. Terry Cullen, Pima County Health Department director, was interviewed by Robin Young on NPR's nationally syndicated "Here and Now" program July 22. Young talked to Cullen about the County's free COVID-19 testing center, hospital capacity and other issues surrounding the pandemic.

Cullen also has been interviewed in recent weeks on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.



Excessive heat kills, so keep pets safe

Sadly, Pima Animal Care Center has received several reports in recent weeks of pets who have died in yards without access to proper shade, shelter and water.

Every year, PACC’s Animal Protection Service (APS) officers respond to hundreds of calls involving pets suffering from heat-related illness and death because they were left outdoors, in a vehicle, or in another situation that put them at risk.

Learn how you can keep your pets safe.


Mask poster

Library changes service model to minimize exposure to COVID-19

Due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona, beginning July 20, Pima County Public Library began moving to a regionally-based model of services.

The new model continues to provide access to vital services to the community while minimizing customer and staff exposure to COVID-19.

Masks are required for entry into any library buildings. In addition, all items need to be reserved in advance online or via Infoline at (520) 791-4010.