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Coronavirus Tucson

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.

PLAN YOUR SUMMER: WHAT'S OPEN IN TUCSON

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 padsrecreation 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 ZooChildren's Museum Tucson, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum remain closed.

BEFORE YOU GO OUT & ABOUT

  1. Use common sense and kindness in the way that you approach strangers and friends.
  2. Remember that there may be people around you with vulnerable immune systems. 
  3. Wash your hands before and after leaving your house.
  4. Wear masks into businesses that require them. Private businesses may recommend or require you to wear a mask, which is within their rights as business owners. Cheerfully observe stated policies or choose to shop elsewhere.
  5. Quietly respect the personal choices of other people (wearing a mask versus not wearing a mask, wearing gloves versus not wearing gloves, choosing to put a child into summer camp or not, etc). There are many reasons why people opt to do things the way that they do. Each person has a story. Respect that story.
  6. Be careful not to assume that someone is sick and should be at home if he/she is coughing. Allergies can be terrible this time of year.
  7. Stay home if you or someone in your house is ill.

FUN THINGS TO DO AT HOME WITH KIDS DURING COVID-19

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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.

PLAY OUTSIDE

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. 

  • Go on a hike! Sabino CanyonPima Canyon, and Ventana Canyon are great places to consider.***Note that the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, Cactus Picnic Area, and Lower Parking Lot are all closed. (link)
  • Play in the rain. When rain is in the forecast, run outside and splash in the puddles. 
  • Let's go...fly a kite! A butterfly, a bald eagle, whatever strikes your fancy.
  • Bike (or scooter!) around the block.
  • Picnic in your backyard.
  • Jump on a trampoline.
  • Pogo stick like it's the 1990s. Don't forget to wear your helmet!
  • Plant a garden. A raised garden could be an easy way to get started!
  • Jumprope
  • Take a Dice Walk. Bring two dice to roll at each intersection/block: If the dice roll adds up odd, turn left; if the dice roll is even, turn right. It is a fun way to exercise and keep kids engaged. 

GAMES

  • Bananagrams: This is a super fun scrabble-like game for ages 7+. Can be played with 1-8 players. Race each other to build crossword grids!
  • Retro Edition Games like CandylandChutes & Ladders, and UNO: These games are especially wonderful for early readers or non-readers!

ACTIVITY KITS, BUILDING SETS, AND CRAFTS

  • Magna-Tiles: Magnetic tiles keep kids entertained for hours! Build houses, towers, train tracks, or castles.
  • Wikki Stix: These colorful, bendable stix provide hours of imaginative play and can be used over & over again. Bonus: They don't make a mess like play-dough, glitter, and other more common craft items!
  • LEGOs: Get your kid(s) a really big LEGO kit and watch the hours melt away. Here are some super fun ones we came across: Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (6,020 pieces), Disney Castle (4,080 pieces), Tree House (3,036 pieces), Statue of Liberty (1,685 pieces), and Adventure Camp Tree House (726 pieces).
  • Do A Dot Art: These markers are excellent for toddlers and preschoolers! Non-messy, vibrant colors! You can even buy corresponding activity books.

READING, WRITING, AND 'RITHMATIC

  • Read aloud a fun chapter book to your children every evening.
  • Practice math facts - addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The Kumon workbooks are great for this.
  • Listen to audiobooks...free from your local library

FREE ACTIVITIES, MOVIES, AND GAMES TO DO AT HOME

  • For as long as schools are closed, Audible has released "an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages." All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
  • Adventures in Odyssey is offering a free 4-week trial (no credit card required!). Your child can listen to more than 800 action-packed adventures! Best for ages 7-12+. 
  • Crayola released a selection of free coloring pages - including Disney-themed options.
  • Kids & teens can Learn Spanish for free over the next 3 months, thanks to Rosetta Stone!
  • Noggin, a preschool edutainment subscription service with a library of tv shows & games, is offering a free 60-day trial.

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?

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."

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN TUCSON

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there have been 1,696 reported cases of Coronavirus in the Tucson area (link).

CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN TUCSON

The first death related to COVID-19 in Tucson occurred on March 23, 2020. The individual was a woman in her 50s. (link)

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN ARIZONA

Current Numbers*:

  • Total Cases in the USA: 1,384,930
  • Total Deaths in the USA: 83,947

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)

CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN ARIZONA

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)

CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking
  • Muscle pains
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
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CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION

The below simple steps may help prevent illness.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water as often as possible - especially before and after being in public places.
  2. Drink plenty of water.
  3. Get enough sleep.
  4. Eat a well-balanced diet of high-nutrition foods such as fruit, vegetables, eggs, and meat. Limit sugar intake and heavily processed foods.
  5. Avoid too much consumption of television and social media.
  6. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow. (Throw the tissue in the trash and then wash your hands!).
  7. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces - including computers, phones, doorknobs, etc.
  8. Think about how you can help others in your community.

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)

HOW TO PREPARE FOR CORONAVIRUS

There are currently no state or national guidelines related to individual preparations. Common sense, calmness, and compassion are urged in all circumstances.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT CORONAVIRUS

If you or a loved one suspect Coronavirus, the CDC currently recommends that you "stay home, except to get medical care."

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.

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."

TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS IN TUCSON

Where can I get tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tucson?

  • If you are concerned about COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, you can call Banner Health at 1-844-549-1851 to speak with a clinical team member to determine if testing is appropriate. If an individual meets CDC criteria for testing, they will be scheduled for an appointment at Banner’s drive-through site. During a drive-through appointment, you will be asked to remain inside your vehicle. You will receive paperwork to complete. This includes a confirmation stating they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, that you agree to be tested, and that you will self-isolate until Banner contacts you with your test results. After completing the paperwork, a Banner team member will swab inside your nose to collect a sample. This process takes 5-20 minutes. Once completed, you will be instructed to return home and isolate until you are contacted with you test results. Samples will be sent to Sonora Quest Laboratories for processing. Results will take roughly 3-5 days to return. IMPORTANT NOTE: Banner’s drive-through sites will not accept walk-ins. Everyone must be phone screened in advance and scheduled for an appointment. Those who arrive without an appointment will be asked to leave and call 1-844-549-1851 to complete the above phone screening process. (link)
  • Statement from Carondelet hospitals (including St. Joseph's and St. Mary's): “We follow CDC guidelines for identification and treatment of patients with suspected or confirmed cases of the coronavirus.”

HOW TO HELP IN TUCSON - CORONAVIRUS

There are numerous ways to make a difference for good in Tucson.

  • Remain calm and refuse to give in to panic.
  • Use common sense and check facts before believing misinformation.
  • Check in with neighbors - especially the elderly or ill - to see if you can run errands or grocery shop for them.
  • Do a random act of kindness for a stranger. Buy coffee for the overwhelmed mom at the coffee shop. Bring a meal to a housebound or struggling friend. Write a note to give a sincere compliment to a coworker or acquaintance.
  • Support small businesses. Order take-out from local restaurants. Purchase gift cards to use later. Make an online order if that option is available.
  • Show gratitude to doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel. Bring flowers, chocolates, or a coffeeshop gift card. Smile and say, "thank you."

MORE INFO ABOUT CORONAVIRUS 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.

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