Jan. 8 PCFYI: Expanding vaccines, helping families and a 10-year remembrance

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Newsletter 2

Jan. 8, 2021 - Vol. 6, No. 1

Jan. 8 Memorial

Bell ringing at Historic Courthouse commemorates 10-year anniversary of Jan. 8 shooting

A bell rang at the Historic Courthouse this morning for the six lives lost and 13 wounded 10 years ago in a deadly shooting targeting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The brief ceremony was closed to the public due to the ongoing pandemic, but was live-streamed on social media.


CV vaccines

Pima County to expand COVID-19 vaccination sites

The rate of COVID-19 vaccines is ready to rise in Pima County.

The County, according to data tracked daily by the Arizona Department of Health Services, already has been leading the state in vaccination rate. But, says Pima County Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen, with the accelerated rate of transmission of COVID-19, “It’s critical that we accelerate our immunization process.”


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Got questions? Ask Pima County’s Green Geek

Wondering if plastic or cardboard provides the more environmentally friendly drink container? Or ways you can cut down on your overall use of plastic?

Ask the Green Geek.

Pima County FYI has a monthly column featuring questions and answers on all things green. Our own Green Geek gets assistance on answering your questions from the sustainability experts in Pima County's Office of Sustainability and Conservation. Send your questions to fyinewsletter@pima.gov. And look for the column the second Friday of each month.


giving covid vaccine

Help us give Pima County a shot in the arm

You can help make sure Pima County doesn’t miss its shot.

As the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine accelerates, volunteers are needed to help staff the effort to get shots into our citizens’ arms and protect our community against the virus.

With the County having plans to quickly expand from two to six regional vaccine centers, medical personnel who are interested in volunteering can register now.


PACC family

Program provides safety net for families, pets

An outreach program offered through Pima Animal Care Center provided a happy ending to a very tough year for one Pima County family.

PACC's Safety Net Program allows community members to foster owned animals whose families are experiencing a temporary inability to provide care for them.

Just ask Mekana.


press conference

Health and Human Services, TMC launch federally supported infusion center to treat COVID-19 patients

Health Department Director Dr. Theresa Cullen was part of a Jan. 7 press conference announcing a new infusion center for COVID patients that will help reduce disease severity and help prevent deaths.

The center is the second federally supported infusion center in the country to treat certain COVID-19 patients in order to prevent hospitalization and the severity of illness.


grease collection

Last call for your used cooking grease

Don’t forget, the 16th Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event is on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department will be collecting your fat, oil, and grease, which later will be converted into biodiesel fuel. Saving that used cooking grease helps keep it out of the sewer system where it can build up and cause nasty overflows.

You can also recycle your grease year-round at Wastewater’s Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility/Jacobs, located at 2947 W. Calle Agua Nueva. For more information on the year-round drop-off, call 405-0438.


Read harder challenge

Library encourages ‘reading harder’ in 2021

Have you been participating in Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, opens a new window over the past few years? Or maybe you haven’t, but have been looking for something to help you read more deliberately and diversely.

Whether you have won the challenge every year or just think of it as a guide, the Library's Read Harder challenge is a good place to start for every adult reader—especially if you just want to figure out how to read 25 books in a year.