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As the spread of coronavirus continues, here are the latest updates from Southern Arizona.

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• University of Arizona President: Pac-12 made right call in putting sports on pause.

Thursday, August 13

Congress must support Arizona's Medicaid program, writes Siman Qassim, CEO of Children's Action Alliance.

Wednesday, August 12

• The University of Arizona will not play football this year for the first time since World War II — and the Wildcats won't play basketball until 2021 at the earliest. That's because the Pac-12 Conference on Tuesday announced it was postponing all sports through the end of the 2020 calendar year because of lingering concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

A man goes on a rant about face masks inside a Marana Sprouts store. And the curse-filled video went viral instantly.

COVID-19 presents vast challenges, opportunities, writes Jennifer Longdon, a Democrat who is an Arizona state representative in District 24.

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Saturday, August 8

•Arizona has recorded more than 186,000 coronavirus cases, the Arizona Department of Health Services said Saturday. There were 56 new deaths reported today. Here's a look at today's map of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and the rest of Arizona.

Most Arizonans aren't comfortable with sending kids back to school during the pandemic, a new poll shows. However, most can be swayed if they're are convinced schools are implementing certain safety measures.

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Tuesday, August 4

Tucson's Border Patrol agents are catching more backpackers hauling meth through the desert. The shift comes amid a years-long decline in marijuana smuggling along Arizona's border with Mexico, as well as recent travel restrictions related to the coronavirus that cut down on the legitimate traffic that allows smugglers to sneak contraband through ports of entry.

• For Tucson's well-being, mask up on Tumamoc Hill, writes Dr. Elizabeth 'Betsy' Cantwell, who leads the Office of Research, Innovation & Impact at the University of Arizona.

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State unemployment insurance needs to be raised now, writes Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik.

Saturday, August 1

• Former Arizona health director: Gyms should be able to reopen.

Friday, July 31

• Gov. Doug Ducey says the state won't make up how much unemployment benefit is being paid to people out of work in Arizona when $600 a week in extra federal benefits dries up this week. That means Arizona's jobless benefits will go back to a maximum payout of $240 a week, the second-lowest cap in the country.

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Wednesday, July 29

The earliest traditional instruction should resume at Tucson schools is after Labor Day, the Pima County Health Department says. Opening in-person classroom any sooner is too risky, according to guidelines the county released Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 28

A free COVID-19 testing site is opening Wednesday in Tucson. The Pima County Health Department, in conjunction with Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Health Services, will open the site in the Flowing Wells area. The county already operates a free site on the city's south side. To schedule a test at the Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way, go to pima.gov/covid19testing or call 800-369-3584.

Monday, July 27

• Use the Star's database to search all PPP loans issued to Arizona businesses.

•  The Pima County Sheriff's Department will hand out backpacks and school supplies to help families prepare for the upcoming school year. The modified Badges and Backpacks event will allow families to drive up or use a walk-up station, following coronavirus social distancing and safety guidelines.

Sunday, July 26

At least 1,300 businesses and nonprofits in Pima County received upward of $450 million through the Paycheck Protection Program. Applicants told the feds the money would be used to help retain more than 76,000 jobs. Use the Star's database to search all PPP loans issued to Arizona businesses.

"We could quibble a little bit about how fast, but I think it's clear that things are getting better," Dr. Joe Gerald, an associate professor with the University of Arizona's Zuckerman College of Public Health, says about the state's latest COVID-19 data.

• On Monday, Don Guerra, of Barrio Bread, will co-host an online baking class with Elizabeth Sparks, 4-H Youth Development Assistant Agent at the Tucson Village Farm. The pair will teach a class on how to make the perfect Community Loaf, a whole wheat, grain encrusted bread anyone can make at home, Guerra says. Learn more about the class and sign up at: tucsonvillagefarm.arizona.edu/local-celebrity-chef-classes. If you can’t make this class, Guerra offers classes periodically on his website, breadlessons.com.

"Everybody is a little relieved," with the decision to move fall sports to spring, says the athletic director at Pima Community College.

Wildcats' return hinges on 'responsibility' of the student-athletes, Dave Heeke, University of Arizona athletic director, says in Greg Hansen's Sunday Notebook.

• Today's Keeping the Faith series features submissions by Rev. Michael Lonergan, pastor of Church of the Painted Hills, United Church of Christ; Jonathan Armstrong, the administrative pastor at Tucson Baptist Church; and Dr. Hugh Thompson, a member of the Eckankar clergy.

Saturday, July 25

The coronavirus pandemic prompts Country Thunder to postpone a second time. The music festival is now set for April 2021.

• The Star's David Fitzsimmons catches up with the Arroyo Cafe crew.

Friday, July 24

On Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona schools chief Kathy Hoffman abandoned what had been an Aug. 17 'aspirational' date to begin offering in-classroom education. School leaders Thursday afternoon said they were trying to understand what Ducey's latest order means to their opening plans. There's no new date, but Arizona schools will be required to make on-site learning available for parents who want it. Meanwhile, the Arizona Department of Health Services is supposed to come up with 'public health benchmarks' by Aug. 7 that schools will be need to consider when determining whether to open classrooms. Teachers across Tucson have said they don't want to return to classrooms while the coronavirus rages, looking into the possibility of resigning or retiring if they're forced into a classroom.

Thursday, July 23

Gov. Doug Ducey is feeling the pressure to scrap the idea of setting a firm date for Arizona students to return to classrooms. More education and health officials are saying the state needs specific conditions under which in-school instruction could be considered safe. That means establishing science-based metrics to consider rates of coronavirus infection and spread and how fast schools can get test results.

Gee's Garden is closed after its landlord put a forcible detainer on the building for unpaid rent. The renter's financial woes were made worse by the pandemic, the building owner says.

Wednesday, July 22

"Someone who lives here loved someone who died of COVID-19," Tucsonan Monica Mueller writes about displaying a black ribbon at home to remember her father.

Tuesday, July 21

"Your kids will be fine. I promise. It doesn't matter if they miss out on attending school in-person for awhile longer. As long as they are safe," writes Kathleen Bethel, a retired principal, retired science nonprofit CEO and a 2018 Tucson Public Voices fellow.

Monday, July 20

Arizona's history of fierce individualism poses a challenge to enforcing measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus, even as the state has become one of the world's top hot spots for the disease.

If we all start wearing masks now, there's just enough time to make the start of the school year safer, writes Janet Funk, a physician and parent of high school seniors.

Sunday, July 19

Even before the coronavirus claimed its first known American victim, President Trump was already reaching to connect the disease to the U.S.-Mexico border. "We must understand that border security is also health security,"  Trump said during a Feb. 28 rally in South Carolina, contending that more border wall was needed to keep the virus out, though it was already in the US and spreading. "We will do everything in our power to keep the infection and those carrying the infection from entering our country."

The County Regional Flood Control District has mailed warning letters to more than 400 homeowners living along six washes in the Catalina Foothills and Pusch Ridge areas about the potential for flooding due to the Bighorn Fire, which has consumed more than 119,000 acres on the mountain since June 5. A recent video of a mess of black gunk, ash, tree limbs and brush flowing in the Cañada del Oro a few miles north of Oro Valley is a preview of what can happen, officials say.

• Haven't been downtown Tucson since the coronavirus pandemic started? Check out all the  apartment and hotels being built there.

Teachers across Tucson say they don't want to return to classrooms while the coronavirus rages, looking into the possibility of resigning or retiring if they're forced into a classroom.

Saturday, July 18

Researchers at the University of Arizona have begun to open their labs back up, even while COVID-19 cases surge across the state and university officials struggle with whether to reopen for in-person classes this fall.

"Please give your unwavering support to the University of Arizona by making our school inclusive, transparent and fair," Daniel Russell, a philosophy professor at the University of Arizona, write to state leaders who have oversight over the state's higher education system.

Friday, July 17

Arizona renters hurt financially by the coronavirus pandemic will get eviction protection through October. With a deadline just days away, Gov. Ducey in Thursday extended the effort to help keep renters in their homes, easing a huge worry for Tucson housing advocates. Ducey also said Thursday that he won't implement the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that Arizona further reduce restaurant capacity nor will he issue a statewide mask-wearing order.

• Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, both Democrats, are pushing bills that would help local news media outlets financially during the virus crisis.

Thursday, July 16

The Tucson Unified School District says it expects to spend nearly $13 million in its effort to safely reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. The district's decision to go to online learning accounts for a lot of the extra spending. It also includes buying more laptops and tablets, maintaining those devices and hiring more monitors to supervise students in classrooms led by a teacher who is working remotely.

'I don't want to be on the news talking about somebody who dies because I allowed someone in the burn area,' Coronado National Forest Supervisor Kerwin Dewberry, says about a plan that will prohibit the public from visiting the Coronado National Forest on Mount Lemmon and in Sabino Canyon until Nov. 1. The big risk: flooding caused by runoff from burned areas.

• After a seven-year break, Tucson's 17th Street Market reopened its doors last weekend after its owner had to refocus his event-based businesses during the pandemic.

• A new campaign on Tucson's North Fourth Avenue encourages visitors to wear face masks.

Here's a searchable database of all Paycheck Protection Program loans of at least $150,000 given to Arizona businesses.

The US needs to provide funding to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in the developing world for their protection — and ours, writes John Waszczak, a Tucsonan who is a member of the  U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Wednesday, July 15

An online, in-person learning combo will be implemented by the Tucson Unified School District. Among the changes: Monitors supervising classrooms while teachers work remotely; Students who go to school in person will be assigned a computer and a learning lab or work space with about 13 students to a room; and students with special needs will be prioritized for in-person learning while not having to follow the same mask-wearing and social-distancing requirements.

Arizona's 'skewed' virus numbers don't justify pandemic restrictions, Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, contends in a report.

Here's a searchable database of all Paycheck Protection Program loans of at least $150,000 given to Arizona businesses.

• A new campaign on Tucson's North Fourth Avenue encourages visitors to wear face masks.

Join the Star's Opinion team Thursday at 2 p.m. for chat with readers. Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus is the guest.

Tuesday, July 14

Gov. Doug Ducey's approval rating among Arizonans for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic has fallen sharply as the number of cases in the state has skyrocketed. A new poll says of 37% of those questioned say they strongly disapprove of how Ducey is managing the virus crisis. Another 26% say they somewhat disapprove.

Join the Star's Opinion team Thursday at 2 p.m. for chat with readers. Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus is the guest.

Monday, July 13

Tucson-area private and charter schools have collected millions in federal coronavirus relief loans. While tradition public school districts a excluded from the Paycheck Protection Program, 29 private and charter schools or corporate headquarters in Tucson collectively received between $11 million and $27 million.

• The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced Friday that Arizona's high school football season will start the second week of September. Athletic directors at high schools across metro Tucson are focused on how to safely return to fall sports. "We are having talks of when we will return, but the conversation is mainly focusing on what that return will look like," Tucson Unified School District athletic director Dee-Dee Wheeler said. "We haven't had any conversations regarding canceling."

• Here are some local coronavirus stories from this weekend you might have missed: A Tucson nursing home has the worst COVID-19 death toll in the state; Tracking coronavirus trends in Arizona can be harder because of data-reporting lags; The coronavirus pandemic has plunged non profits here into a financial quagmire; The end of eviction protection is coming to an end in Arizona, and the housing industry is bracing for a  "pending tsunami."

Sunday, July 12

• A Tucson nursing home has the worst COVID-19 death toll in the state, new federal numbers show. The nursing home with the third-highest number of deaths is also in Pima County.

• More than 74,000 Pima County residents could be at risk of losing their homes as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey‘s moratorium on evictions approaches its end. Across Arizona, 365,000 renters could face eviction over the next four months, according to a recently published analysis by the international consulting firm Stout Risius Ross.

• State data shows a week-to-week decrease in the numbers of coronavirus cases, tests and hospitalizations, but “Don’t believe it,” said Dr. Joe Gerald, an associate professor with the University of Arizona’s Zuckerman College of Public Health. Data-reporting lags make it difficult to interpret coronavirus trends. They occur across all entities, like hospitals and laboratories, that report data to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

• A Southern Arizona high school athletic trainer beat leukemia. Now she's battling coronavirus.

• Tucson-area gyms struggle to cope with what they see as vague guidance in Gov. Doug Ducey's order shutting them down to slow the spread of coronavirus.

• University of Arizona athletic director praises plan to keep Pac-12 games playing, thanks Wildcats for their support.

Saturday, July 11

Pima County moves in to provide Tucson's funeral homes extra space for the dead. The county is making available up to 150 spaces in the Office of the Medical Examiner's morgue to help hospitals, funeral homes and mortuaries that have reached or neared capacity. It insists, however, that the move is not "directly" related to COVID-19. The county's announcement comes a day after it said it will open a free COVID-19 testing site on Monday.

• Arizona Wildcats Women's Basketball Coach Adia Barnes is using Zoom calls to help unite her team this off season.

Friday, July 10

Pima County is set to open a free COVID-19 testing site on Monday. Test results will be quick too, county officials say.

• Even after saying his stay-home order helped slow the spread of the coronavirus in the state, Gov. Ducey on Thursday said it's not necessary to reimpose such an order during the current surge. Instead — as coronavirus cases have been spiking in Arizona at a rate that's one of the highest in the country — Ducey is putting new occupancy rules on restaurants and promising the state will 'dramatically' increase testing.

• To save its season during the virus pandemic, the Pac-12 should follow Big Ten's lead and play a conference-only schedule.

• Weekend reads: Employers in Arizona get to decide if coworkers — or the public — know about coronavirus cases among workers at places you eat and shop; Families that include individuals with disabilities are especially alarmed by the prospect of Arizona's "triaged care." Why? Because if the virus crisis gets bad enough and resources get scarce enough, it provides guidelines that include critical care treatment based on likelihood of survival. And that could mean people with certain disabilities might not get the same level of care; Tucson school districts set start dates, but most kids will begin the school year learning at home.

Thursday, July 9

Arizona is getting a lot of national attention over its skyrocketing of new coronavirus cases. There were nearly 27,000 new confirmed cases in the most recent seven-day period available, a data analysis by Capitol Media Services found. That's nearly 3,700 new infections this past week for every million Arizona residents. That's higher not just than any state in the country but any other country in the world, according to a separate analysis by the New York Times.

Southern Arizona arts organizations landed nearly a half-million dollars in federal funding to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona received a $250,000 grant.

• Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to judge: Lawsuit over closure of gyms across the state might have legitimate claims.

• "Our colleges and universities are now threatened by a foolish ICE policy . . . that could effectively ban international students," writes Jeremy Fiel, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Arizona.

Wednesday, July 8

• Arizona recently saw its slowest week-to-week increase in coronavirus cases in about a month. The state's slower rate of increase in cases of the coronavirus indicates mask-wearing mandates are helping, says a University of Arizona public health professor.

• Coronavirus fears, government spats in Sonora have resulted in chaos for visitors from Arizona traveling to Puerto Peñasco.

Tuesday, July 7

• Once the coronavirus crisis is over, legislators need to consider exactly how much unilateral power they have given Arizona governor, says Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott. She's joined by other Arizona lawmakers pushing for a review that could alter how governors handle statewide emergencies.

All Souls cancels its procession in Tucson, takes most events online.

"President Robbins has taken a holistic, shared-sacrifice approach to try to keep the university community whole," writes Regent Fred DuVal, about COVID-19 plans being implemented at the University of Arizona.

Local action is needed to mitigate economic fallout from pandemic, writes Lynn Nadel, a professor emeritus of cognitive science and psychology at the University of Arizona.

Monday, July 6

• Local organizers, the city and Pima County are stepping up to support Tucson businesses trying to adjust to a COVID-19 world.

• Weekend reads: Employers in Arizona get to decide if coworkers — or the public — know about coronavirus cases among workers at places you eat and shop; Families that include individuals with disabilities are especially alarmed by the prospect of Arizona's "triaged care." Why? Because if the virus crisis gets bad enough and resources get scarce enough, it provides guidelines that include critical care treatment based on likelihood of survival. And that could mean people with certain disabilities might not get the same level of care; Tucson school districts set start dates, but most kids will begin the school year learning at home.

Sunday, July 5

Arizona families that include individuals with disabilities are especially alarmed by prospect of "triaged care" being implemented here. Why? Because in Arizona, if the coronavirus crisis gets bad enough and resources get scarce enough, the state's plan provides guidelines under triaging care that include determining which patients get critical care based on likelihood of survival. And that could mean people with certain disabilities might not get the same level of care.

University of Arizona volleyball player Kamaile Hiapo has an improvised at-home training routine during the pandemic that includes an oversized slanted board built be her dad, playing games, doing drills and talking volleyball nearly 24/7.

• The faith leaders across metro Tucson sharing inspirational stories today in the Star's "Keeping the Faith" feature include: Carolyn Ancell, an ordained interfaith minister from Oro Valley; Rev. Janis Farmer, an ordained minister of religious science who ministers at The Center for Spiritual Living Tucson; and Jim Howard, the assistant pastor at Tucson Baptist Church.

Saturday, July 4

Tucson school districts set start dates, but most kids will begin the school year learning at home.

Sonora makes exception, opens border to travelers headed to Rocky Point. A day earlier, Sonora officials said the were closing the border to US travelers due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Arizona.

Topgolf in Marana set to reopen after 110-day closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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• With 4,433 new coronavirus cases, the statewide total is 91,858, the state department said Friday in its daily tally. Here's a look at today's map of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and the rest of Arizona.

• Worried about Arizona's surge in coronavirus cases, Sonora is set to turn away US tourists at the border starting this weekend.

TUSD is starting school Aug. 10, but only online. Traditional classes will start when it's safe to do, says Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo.

Health initiative backers submit signature petitions to get on Arizona's ballot. The initiative would raise pay for hospital workers; protect patients against 'surprise' medical bills; and guarantee that individuals with preexisting conditions will be able to obtain insurance if the federal Affordable Care Act is repealed. "What COVID has done is reveal some of the cracks in our public-health system," said Rodd McLeod, a spokesman for the campaign financed by a California-based union.

"Three months after becoming ill, I am still recovering," Evangeline Marie Ortiz-Dowling, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona, College of Nursing, writes about her fight against COVID-19.

Thursday, July 2

• Saying they don't want to be responsible for making decisions about public health, school leaders across metro Tucson are grappling with when it will be safe for kids to return to classrooms.

• While Fourth of July fireworks have been canceled in cities and towns across Pima County, Sahuarita is ready to light up the sky on Saturday.

• "COVID-19 has been a brutal, sudden and time-compressed reminder of our shared human mortality," writes Sarah S. Ascher, the senior director of Arizona End of Life Care Partnership.

Wednesday, July 1

• A worry for Arizona education officials: What if schools reopen, and no one comes?

• The University of Arizona paused bringing more student-athletes back to campus, but workouts will continue for football players already here.

• From Sunday's edition: Pima County leaders could again be asked to provide health officials legal avenues to enforce the mask-wearing ordinance the Board of Supervisors approved. Currently the ordinance prevents the county from pursuing violations as a misdemeanor without permission from Supervisors. And as cases of the coronavirus in Arizona continue to rise, the Sonora beach town of Rocky Point is welcomed tourists back, while still trying to keep the spread of the coronavirus away.

Tuesday, June 30

Arizona bars, nightclubs and gyms shutdown again as COVID-19 cases continue to rise and Gov. Doug Ducey reverses his stance on reopening an assortment of businesses. The start of the school also delayed.

• In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, don't let Trump add to financial mess by gutting our banking safeguards, writes Paul Morton Ganeles is a retired CPA in Tucson.

Monday, June 29

• Pima County has received more than 100 complaints of businesses disregarding its new ordinance requiring face masks to be worn in public. And with COVID-19 cases surging across Arizona, county leaders could again be asked to provide health officials legal avenues to enforce the mask-wearing ordinance the Board of Supervisors approved. Currently the ordinance prevents the county from pursuing violations as a misdemeanor without permission from Supervisors.

These spiritual leaders share uplifting messages in today's Keeping the Faith: Faiz Currim, a member of Masjid Tucson; Roy Tullgren, pastor of Gospel Rescue Mission's donor and church engagement; and Rabbi Sanford Seltzer, who has served as adjunct rabbi of Temple Emanu-EI.

Saturday, June 27

Puerto Peñasco, the Sonoran town known as “Arizona’s beach” is open to tourists again — but the tourist experience is far different than it was pre-coronavirus.

Vice President Mike Pence has postponed a trip through Southern Arizona on Tuesday that would have included stops in Tucson and Yuma.

Some restaurants closed their dining rooms and returned to takeout only after seeing the state's coronavirus cases quadruple since Gov. Doug Ducey ended his stay-at-home order in mid-May.

With 3,591 new cases, the statewide total is 70,051, the department said Saturday in its daily tally. The state said 1,579 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19. There were 44 new deaths reported today. Coronavirus cases mapped by county for Saturday, June 27.

For intramural sports at the University of Arizona, one of the models for this fall amid the coronavirus pandemics calls for not having officiated sports — indoor and outdoor soccer, flag football and 5-on-5 basketball. While they are the most popular sports, they also have the most contact.

Friday, June 26

“We can expect our numbers will be worse next week and the week after,” Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday about the coronavirus pandemic in Arizona. Ducey went on to defend indoor political rallies in which thousands gather without wearing masks, while simultaneously warning that bars and restaurants that don't adhere to social distancing rules could face misdemeanors. 'People's rights to assemble are not going to be infringed in Arizona in an election year or any year,' Ducey said in a news conference. He brushed aside questions about how requiring people to wear masks in public — which is now the law in Phoenix and throughout Pima County — interferes with their right to assemble.

The increase of COVID-19 cases in the state could delay the start of the upcoming semester, University of Arizona President Robert Robbins said on Thursday. He made the comment on the same day faculty and staff pushed back on the school's furlough plan that is set to start July 1.

Masks are healthy and good science — not submission, the Star's Editorial Board writes.

Thursday, June 25

A proposed $585M budget for the Tucson Unified School District next year would include $12.7 million in expenses related to COVID-19 expenses. District administrators also shared a few changes some students could face when schools reopen.

There was a big jump in reported COVID-19 deaths in Arizona Wednesday, but officials say most of it was due to a review of about a month's worth of death records.

• Nearly $8,500 was raised in Tucson for a theater artists relief fund.

Wednesday, June 24

Patients with the coronavirus are filling up ICU beds at hospitals across Tucson, prompting them to use of the state's health-care emergency hotline to take in or move those who are seriously or critically ill. "It is important to understand that hospital capacity is about more than just beds," said Rebecca Ruiz-McGill, spokeswoman for Banner Health in Tucson, which includes two medical centers. "When we look at our ability to deliver care at the highest level, we are also factoring in equipment, supplies and staffing."

Universities in Arizona are set for a safe, successful year, writes Dr. Larry E. Penley, chair of the Arizona Board of Regents.

Tuesday, June 23

• Carrie Cecil, a native Tucsonan who is married to UA senior defensive analyst Chuck Cecil, is an expert in crisis and litigation communications. Cecil has helped create guidelines and a resource kit to help businesses navigate their messages during the pandemic. The S.A.F.E. plan is free to download at Anachel.com and lays out how universities — and athletic departments — can best handle COVID-19 information.

Monday, June 22

The biggest age group of positive COVID-19 test results in Arizona is now among those 20 through 44 years old. Dr. Cara Christ, Arizona's top health official, says that means the state has to find a better way to convince people in that age group that the coronavirus is dangerous. "They're likely not the ones that are going to have the outcomes and the risk factors from COVID-19," she said. "But we need everybody to keep in mind that all of us have connections to loved ones and family members that are high risk or people out in the community."

Bags, batteries top list of recycling in changes in Tucson from virus pandemic. Here's a related story about batteries sparking fires at Tucson landfills.

"More than ever, the responsibility of UA's athletic department is to keep student-athletes safe, on and off the field," write a group of University of Arizona Ph.D. students concerned about college athletes returning to athletic competition during the pandemic.

Sunday, June 21

Arizona continues to capture national headlines as the coronavirus pandemic here continues to break records for the state and Pima County for week-to-week increases. New, confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Arizona totaled 11,665 from June 7 to June 13, an increase of 3,962 from the week before, up about 51%. In Pima County, cases totaled 1,129 over the same period. That's an increase of 366 cases, or 48%, from the week before.

"My family is important to me, and I have to make sure they are safe. I need to go home," writes Tyson Hudson about his decision to leave Tucson to move closer to family and the Navajo reservation.

Today's "Keeping the Faith" features inspiring messages from Ryan Collins, senior pastor of Desert Son Community Church in Tucson; Rev. Jonathan Zenz, senior minister at Unity of Tucson; and Rev. Michael T. Bush, senior minister of Casas Adobes Congregational UCC in Tucson.

Saturday, June 20

6 p.m.: Arizona, Pima County set records — again — for weekly rise in COVID-19 cases.  "We should be very concerned," says Dr. Francisco Garcia, Pima County’s chief medical officer. But the county's new mask-wearing requirements, covering all residents including in Tucson, might change the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak, experts say.

12 p.m.: The Arizona Department of Health Services has now reported more than 3,100 coronavirus cases on back-to-back days with its latest update. Here's a look at today's map of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and the rest of Arizona.

11 a.m.:  A veteran employee of a Tucson UPS distribution facility died of COVID-19 at Banner-University Medical Center on June 16. He was one of more than 40 employees who recently tested positive during an outbreak at the United Parcel Service facility, a local union said.

A mask-wearing requirement to help quell the spread of the coronavirus was approved Friday by Pima County. The county effort supersedes a similar requirement proclaimed by Tucson Mayor Regina Romero a day earlier and drops some of the requirements in her order. The biggest change: There's no civil or criminal penalty for not wearing a mask.

The University of Arizona is testing an app that warns of possible coronavirus exposure, and is moving forward with anti-virus measures as the campus prepares for the new semester.

• Opinion by David Fitzsimmons: Arroyo Cafe opens as pandemic closes in.

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Thursday, June 18

Wearing masks in public will be required in Tucson after Arizona Gov. Doug backs down his previous stance and allows cities to set own standards when it comes to slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Creating a "streatery" at Tucson restaurants could be a solution needed during the coronavirus pandemic, writes Emily Yetman, the executive director of Living Streets Alliance.

•  TUSD students in middle and high school might be required to wear masks in the coming school year, according to recommendations from a task force as the district prepares to reopen in August. All staff, parents and visitors also would need face coverings when social distancing isn't possible.

Arizona reports 1,800 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, totaling about 40,900 statewide.

Cinemark will reopen its Tucson movie theaters July 3, starting out with two locations and opening the remaining two later.

• With no live shows during pandemic, Garth Brooks' drive-in concert is coming to Tucson.

• Our coronavirus resource guide offers lots of ways to find and get help during the pandemic.

Wednesday, June 17

• A 'dreamer' from Tucson with health issues who many worried was at high risk for COVID-19 in detention, was released Tuesday on his own recognizance. Brayann Lucero will wear an ankle bracelet as he goes through the process to renew his status in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

• Our coronavirus resource guide offers lots of ways to find and get help during the pandemic.

Tuesday, June 16

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona reached 36,705 on Monday, the Arizona Department of Health Services said in its daily tally. The state said 1,194 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19. In Pima County, 3,944 cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed. There have been 223 known COVID-19 deaths in the Tucson-metro area, according to the state health department.

•  Our coronavirus resource guide offers lots of ways to find and get help during the pandemic.

This article originally ran on tucson.com.

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