This is your up-to-date resource page for all things related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tucson, Arizona. We will do our best to update this content as often as possible to ensure accurate and timely information. As always, please consult a doctor or medical care professional with any concerns related to the Coronavirus or other illnesses.
With the reopening of Arizona and the expiration of statewide stay-at-home orders on May 15, 2020, many local families are wondering about the status of summer camps, city pools, libraries, local stores, and restaurants right here in Tucson.
To help you make plans, we have created this master page to keep you informed about opportunities for fun and education in our community.
It is important to understand and remember that while businesses and public and private places can be open, many local businesses may still choose to cancel events or to delay re-opening at their discretion. Please contact your planned destination ahead of time about current hours and any new policies that may be in effect.
Libraries will open with limited services, beginning on Monday, May 18. At present, libraries will offer holds pickup, limited computer use on a first-come, first-served basis, and use of printing, copying, and fax services. More services will resume over time. All libraries will be open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm (Dusenberry-River and El Rio will not open at this time). Note that a cloth face covering is required (if you don't have one, the library will provide one) and your temperature may be taken upon arrival. If you choose not to go to libraries at this time, know that all due dates have been extended to July 1.
City and county parks are open, but splash pads, recreation centers, and playgrounds remain closed at this time.
Golf courses are open.
Trails and RV Campgrounds remain open at Arizona State Parks. Historic parks, visitor centers, and gift shops are closed - along with The Discovery Center at Kartchner Caverns State Park. Parking may be limited and there may be temporary closures to limit the number of people on the trails.
Daycares may begin to open, although many will be operating with limit capacities.
Summer Camps have been pivoting and are slowly beginning to announce their plans. Some have canceled, some have moved to a virtual option, and some are planning on happening as originally intended. Please vote in our poll on summer camp offerings HERE.
In-person Church Services will likely resume, but possibly with limited services for children. Look to your church for their guidance and leadership. If you would like to watch or listen to a sermon online, you might consider tuning in to hear Robert Furrow (Calvary Tucson) or Eric Naus (Christ Community Church).
All businesses, essential and non-essential, can be open. Businesses are not required to have protocols in place by the state or federal government (we are the Land of the Free, after all). However, many businesses are approaching this situation with great care and concern for both their employees and their customers, waiting to ensure safety protocols are in place before re-opening or fully opening.
Restaurants are all responding differently, but most are offering takeout, delivery, and/or curbside pick-up. Call ahead to confirm if dine-in is an option. For example, Eegee's and Sentinel Peak Brewing Company are currently offering dine-in seating.
Bookmans is currently closed, but will launch curbside pickup and trade by appointment later this month - with a reopening planned for June.
Both Barnes & Noble locations in Tucson are temporarily closed, but you may place orders online.
Some thrift stores are open, while others remain closed. InJoy Thrift Store is now open. The Assistance League of Tucson is closed.
Reid Park Zoo, Children's Museum Tucson, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum remain closed.
We have compiled a list of fun activities you can do with your kids (or give to your kids to use while you work remotely!). Whenever possible, we have included activities that can be done with one to five people. We have also included activities that take a long time (think: legos) to help fill your days with fun. Finally, we have added as many educational products and ideas as we can to maximize the learning while you are at home and to keep academic losses down during the summer months.
If you venture out, please keep these tips in mind:
- Stay six feet away from people not in your family group.
- Bring your own hand sanitizer, water, and snacks.
- Do not expect bathroom facilities or visitors' centers to be open.
- Enjoy the sun on your shoulders and the absolutely perfect weather.
ACTIVITY KITS, BUILDING SETS, AND CRAFTS
READING, WRITING, AND 'RITHMATIC
FREE ACTIVITIES, MOVIES, AND GAMES TO DO AT HOME
Covid-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, COVID-19 has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States.
The virus is “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes is “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern." On March 11, 2020 the World Heath Organization (WHO) publicly declared COVID-19 "a pandemic."
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there have been 1,696 reported cases of Coronavirus in the Tucson area (link).
The first death related to COVID-19 in Tucson occurred on March 23, 2020. The individual was a woman in her 50s. (link)
New York currently has the most cases (338,617), followed by New Jersey (141,560), Massachusetts (80,497), Illinois (84,698) and California (71,141).
There are currently 12,674 reported cases in Arizona. The top three counties are: Maricopa County (6,599), Pima County (1,696), and Navajo County (1,150) (link). The Arizona Department of Health Services began testing for the COVID-19 on March 2.
*As reported by the CDC. (link)
624 people in Arizona have died due to COVID-19. The first individual, who died in Maricopa County on March 20, was a male in his 50s. (link) The second individual, who died in Maricopa County on March 22, was a male in his 70s. (link)
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
The below simple steps may help prevent illness.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), although a clinical trial of an investigational vaccine for COVID-19 has begun in the Seattle area. (link)
There are currently no state or national guidelines related to individual preparations. Common sense, calmness, and compassion are urged in all circumstances.
If you or a loved one suspect Coronavirus, the CDC currently recommends that you "stay home, except to get medical care."
Rebecca Ruiz Hudman, Media Manager for Banner Health, had this to say, "Above all, we urge anyone who is ill with a fever, cough, or having trouble breathing to contact their health care provider to discuss your symptoms and determine if an in-person evaluation or testing is necessary. Ultimately, if you are sick, stay home- do not go out in public. Ill or not ill, we recommend everyone implement personal hygiene habits including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth."
Where can I get tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tucson?
There are numerous ways to make a difference for good in Tucson.
Questions about COVID-19? Call the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center at 1-800-222-1222 (they have been contracted to handle phone calls on COVID-19 on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health Services).
You may also want to call the Pima County Health Department for updates: 520-626-6016.
*Last updated on May 14, 2020.