Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in southern Arizona

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in southern Arizona
(Source: KLTV)

Publisher: KOLD News 13

Location

Last reviewed

Friday, July 31

Overview

Restrictions regarding travel, businesses and masks are being placed on southern Arizona as COVID-19 cases climb.

Social distancing

The Pima County Health Department ordered bars to close and restaurants to reduce their hours.

Arizona does not have a statewide face mask mandate, but most cities and counties have passed their own rules.

Schools

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has said school districts can start in-person classes Monday, Aug. 17. On Thursday, July 23, Ducey announced the “Arizona: Open for Learning” plan, which will provide maximum options for Arizona families, ensure students receive a full academic year of education, invests a total of $440 million in federal dollars to schools, and give local school leaders the flexibility and public health guidance to make the best decisions for their students.

Pima County advised school districts in a letter dated July 28 to not open for in-person instruction on Aug. 17.

In response to the letter from Pima County, the Catalina Foothills School District said it will not wait for a health metric from the Arizona Department of Health Services and will instead plan to start the school year 100 percent remotely for all of its students.

Several school districts in southern Arizona have announce their plans. To read about them, CLICK HERE.

To read about the 14 most common COVID-19 safety protocols, CLICK HERE.

How to help

For ways to donate, CLICK HERE.

For ways to volunteer, CLICK HERE.

How to get help

For information on free meal distribution sites, CLICK HERE.

Unemployment

In Arizona, 951,000 people who are unemployed lost a substantial part of their unemployment benefits when the CAREs Act expired at the end of July. People who have been receiving the $600 weekly unemployment check should CLICK HERE for what to know — and some suggestions on what to do now. Ducey said it was up to Congress to act on providing unemployment benefits.

To apply for unemployment assistance, CLICK HERE.

With so many out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, KOLD News 13 has put together a list of companies hiring in southern Arizona. To check the list, CLICK HERE.