Jan. 15 eScoop: Vaccines, telecommuting and well-earned retirements

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Jan. 15, 2021


County moving into Phase 1B of COVID vaccination

Pima County, in partnership with TMC HealthCare, Banner and the University of Arizona, moved into prioritized Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations on Jan. 15. County staff will be vaccinated when vaccination centers move to their level within Phase 1B.


Telecommuting employees, supervisors must complete online course

The newly created Telecommuting Program requires both the telecommuting employee and their respective supervisor to complete a 40-minute online telecommuting course per the newly drafted Administrative Procedure 3-33, Telecommuting Program.


phone team

Well Done!

Each issue, eScoop would like to give a shout-out to employees and departments who have earned special recognition. We want to hear about colleagues who have earned kudos on the job as well as those being recognized for their work or volunteerism outside the office.

Send your ideas on employees who should receive a pat on the back to the eScoop editor. In this issue, you’ll hear about the Health Department phone staff and their dedicated work the last several months and an epic rescue from a Flood Control employee.


covid testing

Departments with COVID questions should first check with DPR

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the workplace, Human Resources is providing guidance so Departmental Personnel Representatives can handle questions directly.

Only positive COVID-19 cases should be provided to Human Resources.


Sick couple

Federal Emergency Sick Time extended through March 31

The mandatory Federal Emergency Paid Sick Time (FEPST) and Emergency Family and Medical Act Expansion Leave (E-FMLA) was set to exhaust on Dec. 31, 2020.

While the Federal guidelines no longer mandate an employer to provide these leaves, it does permit employers to voluntarily extend the use of FEPST and E-FMLA through March 31, 2021.


Mary Jo Furphy

Procurement director approves her last purchase

After 16 1/2 years of combined service with the Clerk of the Board's Office and Procurement, Mary Jo Furphy will turn over the reigns at Procurement to Terri Spencer.

Furphy's new priorities are travel and grandkids, though not necessarily in that order.



Check your options to stay fit in 2021 and beyond

Find a number of webinars to keep you healthy, from eating better to upping your exercise game. 

As an added bonus, you'll earn 10 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points.

You also can find info on gym memberships and home workouts through Active&Fit Direct on the Gym Subsidies and Discounts website. Act now and you'll pay NO enrollment fee in January and February.

Helen and her horse

Parks staffer riding into the sunset

Helen Wilson has truly left her mark on Pima County. Just page through one of the coloring books she created in her career as a scientific illustrator.

You'll also see her work on interpretive signs and other materials she created as part of the staff at Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.


The Scoop

What’s The Scoop?

"A trolley would be a convenience for downtown workers, a tourist attraction and a boon to merchants on North Fourth Avenue."

Sounds like some of the arguments that went into making our current streetcar a reality. But this logic came courtesy of employees in Pima County's Planning and Zoning Department who were part of "Old Pueblo Trolley Inc.," an effort to restore an electric streetcar line downtown. The Scoop wrote about it on its front page back on Dec. 2, 1983.

The Scoop was the predecessor of today's eScoop. We’ll profile a different front page in each issue of our current eScoop.


External email notification is changing

The banner that notifies you when you get an e-mail from outside of the County is being updated, according to Pima County ITD. Get a refresher on what the current banner looks like and what it's changing to.


Karen Wilhelmsen at NEO

New Employee Orientation schedule set

Beginning Feb. 22, Human Resources will start offering New Employee Orientations (NEO) every two weeks, on the second Monday of the pay period, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The change is being made to coincide with the upcoming Employee OnBoarding that will start some time in 2021.



Driving less in 2021 may help your health and wallet

It’s that time of the year when we consider making positive changes in our lives for a better future. Because of COVID-19, many of our transportation habits changed in 2020.

What can you do to keep those good transportation habits going in 2021?


Libraries offering limited services

Effective Jan. 11, Pima County Public Libraries returned to offering limited services due to the heavy increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Members of the public are encouraged to stay home and take advantage of the libraries' many online services.


January Mystery Photo

Mystery Photo

Where was I taken?

Send your best guess to MysteryPhoto@pima.gov. Be sure to put Mystery Photo in the subject line.

Our last Mystery Photo had a number of correct guesses. Find out where last month's photo was taken and the lucky winners were.