May 14 PCFYI: Vax up, mask down

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Newsletter 2

May 14, 2021 – Vol. 6, No. 9 

BOS meeting

Supervisors will discuss county mask mandate at special meeting May 14

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. May 14 to discuss changes to Board Resolution 2020-96, which requires everyone in Pima County to wear a face covering when physical distancing can't be maintained.

Board Chair Sharon Bronson asked for the special meeting after the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidance May 13 stating that the continued wearing of face masks for fully vaccinated individuals is no longer necessary. More than half of the eligible population of Pima County has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 350,000 County residents are fully vaccinated.

The Board also will hear updates from the County Health Department about the vaccination of youths age 12 to 15 who are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and an update on the progress of the FEMA-supported mobile vaccination clinics that began May 3.

The meeting will be held online and will be streamed to the County's website and to the County Facebook page.

two students

High schoolers share why they’re getting vaccinated

Vaccinate. Graduate. Celebrate!

Two Sunnyside High School students were among several hundred who got vaccinated against COVID-19 at a recent vaccination event at school.

Find out why they didn't miss their shot.


Loop counter

What’s new on The Loop?

Winding its leisurely way from one side of Pima County to another, The Chuck Huckelberry Loop is one of Southern Arizona’s greatest outdoor treasures. Today, a determined hiker who wanted to see the entire trail would be in for a stroll of more than 130 miles.

It wasn’t always so. The Loop’s story begins in the late 1970s, when Pima County began adding soil-cement bank protection along the riverbeds to guard against flooding. The devastating floods of 1983 spurred the construction of additional bank protection. Many of today’s well-worn Loop trails began life as unpaved maintenance access roads used to monitor the condition of county rivers during and after floods. 


green geek

Got questions? Ask the Green Geek

Wondering what to do with those heavy plastic bags with handles when you use Target's drive-up service? Or how to dispose of fiberglass insulation? 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 And look for the column the second Friday of each month.


vax at library

Find your vaccine: Shots available from schools and stores to churches and community centers

More than 500,000 people in Pima County have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. But lots more can still be vaccinated, especially since the Centers for Disease Control opened up vaccine eligibility to kids 12 to 15 years old.

The County has stood up dozens of walk-up vaccination sites over the last several weeks and is addressing concerns some folks may have who are vaccine-hesitant.


healthy air

Keeping the air healthy requires team effort

Maybe you’ve seen the Department of Environmental Quality’s recent clean air campaign running on local radio, television, and social media?

The folks at Environmental Quality are committed to maintaining clean and healthy air for everyone in the community, but they can’t do it alone. There's so much we all can do in our daily lives to keep the air clean and healthy. Find some of the simple steps you can take to help.



Town Hall May 25 offers chance to address water rates

The city of Tucson has proposed a differential water-rate structure based on residency, which the Pima County Board of Supervisors in April voted to oppose.
The City’s proposal would affect over 70,000 Tucson Water customers who live in unincorporated Pima County. The City is considering options that would increase water bills as much as 50 percent. About 29 percent of Tucson Water customers live in unincorporated Pima County.


drinking water

Plan ahead to beat the heat this summer

With talk about 100 degree days in the forecast, now is the time to remember that the Sonoran Desert can be a dangerous place to work and play if you don’t plan ahead.

Heat illness is caused when our bodies begin to overheat and can lead to heat stroke – a dangerous condition with symptoms that can be fatal. The risk of heat illness increases when we work or do strenuous activities outdoors. You can follow some simple steps to be heat smart this year.



PACC is full so come find your furry friend

Pima Animal Care Center has taken in 674 pets in the last seven days and needs adopters and short-term fosters to make room for incoming pets.

Adoption fees for adult pets have been waived for the month of May. There is a $20 licensing fee per adopted dog that cannot be waived. Kittens and puppies will still cost $50 each. The shelter is also waiving reclaim fees for owners whose pets get lost and wind up in PACC’s care.



Join author and mother for May 29 kick off to summer reading

Pima County Public Library is kicking off the summer with author and meditation guide Rebekah Borucki.

She'll read from the picture book Zara's Big Messy Day (that Turned Out Okay) and offer a short meditation at the online event May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.