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

Saturday, Sept. 26

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• PACC director Kristen Hassen resigns to take new job in Texas

Friday, Sept. 25

Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• 'Much-needed morale boost': Wildcats to open football, basketball seasons in November

• Arizona governor, secretary of state argue over election procedures

• ASU says it's developing virtually instant test for COVID-19

Thursday, Sept. 24

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• TSO's digital presence a game-changer beyond COVID-19

• City Council holds off on business district expansion, keeps transit free

Wednesday, Sept. 23

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• Coronavirus propels bigger push to get Tucsonans to get flu shot

• Pandemic closes Perfectos Express; sister restaurant still open

Tuesday, Sept. 22

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• UA says 'legal action' possible if coronavirus cases continue to surge

• Amphi students, staff don't need to quarantine after all, health department says

Monday, Sept. 21

Tucson parents, teachers may not know about COVID-19 in their schools

• Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey targeted in new recall effort over COVID-19 actions

• Second Tucson strip club shut down by the state for COVID-19 violations

• Tucson Electric Power extends suspension of service disconnections, late fees

Sunday, Sept. 20

• Tucson schools reopen for hybrid learning. Here's what it looks like during a pandemic

• In Tucson's Latino communities, coronavirus didn't create problems, it exposed existing ones

• Pima County's September spike in coronavirus cases grows as UA antigen test results added

• Pandemic, economy are top issues for candidates in Tucson's LD10

• Tucson Tech: 'Loneliness company' tackles isolation with timely human-linked app

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county: Sept. 19

• Tucson Meet Yourself shifts gears to month-long festivities amid COVID-19

Saturday, Sept. 19

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county: Sept. 18

• Board: TPD fear of virus was factor in two in-custody deaths 

• UA-led study shows how virus spread, why early intervention works

• Tucson artists, art groups can take advantage of these grants

• Pop-up COVID-19 testing to be offered at churches, near bars

Friday, Sept. 18

• ‘Really good sign’: Arizona's jobless rate fell to 5.9% in August

• 8 students quarantined after staff tests positive for COVID-19 at Oro Valley school

• Arizona reports 1,753 new coronavirus cases, 676 new cases in Tucson area

• Pop-up COVID-19 testing to be offered near bars, churches in Tucson, Green Valley

• Arizona's teacher shortage worsens as hundreds walk away due to COVID-19

• NCAA basketball czar in 'regular communication' with Pac-12 with conference CEOs set to meet

Thursday, Sept. 17

• Path becomes clearer for return of Pac-12 football; UA players provide a push

• NCAA says basketball season can start Nov. 25; could Arizona and Pac-12 play in 2020 after all?

• Tucson folk singer's 'Zoomcerts' almost as good as being there

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county: Sept. 16

Wednesday, Sept. 16

• Pima County Health Department: Coronavirus makes trick-or-treating too scary

• Questions remain as NCAA prepares to set starting date for college basketball season

• UA expert signs off on Pac-12 COVID-19 testing but questions football kickoff before 2021

• TUSD Board candidate: Pandemic highlights changes needed at TUSD

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

Tuesday, Sept. 15

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• Teen's nonprofit benefits Tucson restaurants, workers

• Pima County tell students to shelter in place or 'drastic changes' will be needed

Monday, Sept. 14

• US fund runs out, meaning weekly pay is slashed for jobless Arizonans

• Amphi Foundation, Cox and Comcast connect more children to free internet service

Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

Sunday, Sept. 13

Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county: Sept. 12

• UA football season-ticket holders, tailgaters will miss community connection this fall

• Surge in virus cases at University of Arizona suggests Pima County is in for 'bit of a rough patch’

• Photos: Rogue Theatre Tries to Reach Tucson Audiences in New Way

• Work is underway on Tucson's newest hospital

‘RJ’ provides assist to Wildcats as they navigate pandemic

Saturday, Sept. 12

Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• University of Arizona weighs new restrictions to combat surge in coronavirus cases

Parents may be asked to sign virus waiver if children return to classrooms

• Suicide prevention even more important during pandemic, Arizona officials say

• Tucson strip club is shut down by state for coronavirus-related violations

• Signs of our times: Tucsonans show their support in words

Friday, Sept. 11

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• Ducey says he won't increase unemployment pay

• TUSD announces start of hybrid learning, return of employees

• New rock-climbing gym in Marana will require temperature checks

• City extending e-scooter plan, even with virus cases up at UA

• How a rare in-person 5-mile race came to be during a pandemic

Thursday, Sept. 10

• University of Arizona weighs new restrictions to combat surge in coronavirus cases

• This Tucson choir will isolate in a bubble to salvage its fall season amid COVID-19

• Judge's ruling on bars could force Arizona restaurants to stop selling takeout alcohol

• Tucson-area parents take call for school reopenings to county health department

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• Sunnyside School District lays out plans for hybrid in-person learning

Wednesday, Sept. 9

• Old Tucson closes indefinitely; Pima County to decide its future

• Judge rules Arizona's governor acted legally in shuttering bars

• Councilman Steve Kozachik: UA area high-rise apartments are potential hot spots for COVID-19

• High school football teams return to practice, but who will they play? 'No idea,' one coach says

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

Tuesday, Sept. 8

• Pima County recorder asks those in assisted-living facilities to confirm voter status

• Pima Council on Aging helps low-income seniors with grocery shopping

• UA Arthritis Center's virtual fundraiser includes panel talk, reception

• Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey still dealing with low approval rating

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county: Sept. 7

Monday, Sept. 7

Arizona reports 240 new coronavirus cases Sunday, 54 new cases in Tucson area

UA lowers confirmed COVID-19 positives in athletics from 13 to 2, cites testing error

States plan for cuts as Congress deadlocks on more virus aid

The Latest: Advisers: Plasma treatment for virus needs study

Phoenix puts best (virtual) foot forward in attempt to land Women's Final Four

Sunday, Sept. 6

Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county, Sept. 6

Finger-pointing begins as virus clusters pop up near University of Arizona

Northwest, Oro Valley hospitals taking part in national COVID-19 effort

Increased testing in Pima County has officials feeling "much better"

Tucson's apartment market is hot despite COVID-19's impact

Hard-hit Tucson resorts trying to hang on

Arizona Daily Star readers helped 883 kids have a camp day or a virtual experience

Ways to give back to Tucson nonprofits

Tucson Pops Orchestra takes to the airwaves

2 big antique fairs reopen in Tucson today

Saturday, Sept. 5

Arizona reports 836 new coronavirus cases, 260 new cases in Tucson area

Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county: Sept. 4

Arizona's top prosecutor sides with bars in legal fight over ordered closures

Free face masks to be handed out on Tucson's Tumamoc Hill

Parents in Marana want to skip hybrid, move to traditional learning

3 Arizona counties' COVID-19 rates remain at levels that keep many businesses closed

 

Friday, Sept. 4

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county: Sept. 3

• University of Arizona steps up effort to keep students from violating health, safety rules

• Arizona reports 1,091 new coronavirus cases, 149 new cases in Tucson area

• Pima County urges Tucson schools to hold off on hybrid learning options

• Rapid COVID-19 testing deemed ‘game-changer’ for Pac-12, but when will actual games resume?

Thursday, Sept. 3

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• Some hospitals across metro Tucson loosening visitor rules

• New federal order could protect Arizona renters from evictions through 2020

• Unemployed Arizonans are within weeks of losing more than half of their benefits

• Tucson Tech: Accelerate partners to offer COVID-19 antibody test

Wednesday, Sept. 2

• Private security workers are prodding UA students to wear masks

• How to get a 1-year extension if your driver's license is about to expire

• Ducey to court: Help me block evictions

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• How the Click Auto Group managed not to lay anyone off

Tuesday, Sept. 1

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• Ducey's maskless photos came as Arizona has spent $3M on 'mask up' campaign

• Arizona to provide free flu vaccine to uninsured, underinsured

• Nursing, assisted living homes in Pima County due to resume allowing visitors

Monday, Aug. 31

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• With Pima County deaths up 20%, some say indirect death toll from COVID-19 higher than reported

• Tucson prison inmates say close conditions, slow test results spread COVID-19

• Pima County library's new virtual program filling pandemic volunteer void for teens

Sunday, Aug. 30

Nursing, assisted living homes in Pima County due to resume allowing visitors

Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• Arizona's children not always spared COVID-19's worst effects

• Some Tucson charter and private schools reopen, prompting complaints about safety

• With coronavirus cases at lowest totals since May, officials 'anxious' about student-caused jump

 Internet dispute among dinosaur deniers won't topple Tanque Verde T. rex

• COVID-19 brings new business to Tucson discount and resale shops 

Saturday, Aug. 29

Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

Political Notebook: LaWall intervention in prison initiative angers; Huckelberry lashes out over World View; Grijalva back

Arizona coronavirus cases top 200,600; 21,072 in Tucson area

Bars, gyms, theaters can reopen in Pima County with laundry list of restrictions

State advising Arizonans to get a flu shot to mitigate impact of 2 respiratory viruses

Friday, Aug. 28 

• Bars, gyms, theaters can reopen in Pima County with laundry list of restrictions

• University of Arizona's wastewater testing halts potential surge in COVID-19 cases at dorm

• UA students in off-campus housing can get free COVID-19 tests

• Arizona Health Department deems it safe for school to resume partially in 4 counties

• State urges Arizonans to report businesses out of compliance with COVID-19 requirements

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county: Aug. 27

Thursday, Aug. 27

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by country

• Arizona high court won't intercede in bar owners' case against Ducey

• Big downtown Tucson events get financial backing from Rio Nuevo

• Arizonans can travel to NY without having to quarantine 

Wednesday, Aug. 26

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• Pima County close to meeting metrics for gyms, theaters, some bars

• TUSD shuts down second school, partially closes another following positive COVID-19 cases

• Harkins says it will open most Arizona theaters on Friday

• Join the Arizona Daily Star Opinion team Thursday for reader chat with F. Ann Rodriguez

Tuesday, Aug. 25

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county: Aug. 24

• Arizona investigators to check resorts' water parks for COVID-19 safety

• Community Food Bank holding virtual HungerWalk, cites big rise in requests for services

• Join the Arizona Daily Star Opinion team Thursday for reader chat with F. Ann Rodriguez

Monday, Aug. 24

• University of Arizona's fall semester opens Monday with host of protocols

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county: Aug. 23

• How Tucson Festival of Books shifted to online

• Pandemic delays many MVD services, but things are looking up

Sunday, Aug. 23

• COVID-19 cases on a jagged but downward trend across Tucson area

• Pima County purchases $3.4M downtown warehouse for coronavirus PPE, vaccine storage

• This Tucson restaurant has fed thousands of hospital workers with an army of community support

• Virus guide: Find the information you need to protect yourself and others, right here

• Tucson veteran battles with aftermath of COVID-19

• $33K raised for struggling Southern Arizona theater artists

• Pima College 'reskilling' effort aims to help Tucson workers hit by pandemic

• AP EXCLUSIVE: US faces back-to-school laptop shortage

• As more colleges stay online, students demand tuition cuts

• Impact of no football leaves UA budget in gray area

• Miami ICU nurse: I have never in my life seen so many deaths

• Navajo women mobilize to protect elders from COVID-19

• Sarah Gassen: In these troubled times, let generosity into the heart

• Two Tucson museums face closure if historical society walks away

Saturday, Aug. 22

Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

 This Tucson restaurant has fed thousands of hospital workers with an army of community support

• Fitz's Opinion: COVID-19, Mr.Skate and a tale of two worlds

• Jim Click, Jr. and Humberto Lopez: UA has a great leader in President Robbins

• Arizona sees 20% rise in deaths, not all directly from virus

• Arizona Wildcats report 5 student-athletes, 1 staff member test positive for COVID-19

• Arizona football roster reset: What might the Wildcats’ offense look like when games resume?

Friday, Aug. 21

Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• Only 2 counties meet Arizona's benchmarks to reopen in-person schooling

• $1.25 million donated to support Tucson immigrants during pandemic

Arizona coronavirus cases top 196,200; 20,139 in Tucson area

• Arizona continued to shed jobs in July, exceeding US unemployment rate

• Watch Now: Hug Tunnel for Elders at St. Luke’s Home

• ABOR takes steps to hold UA president accountable for new online college

Thursday, Aug. 20

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• TUSD closes elementary school after 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19

• $1.25 million donated to support Tucson immigrants during pandemic

• $10 million in rent, mortgage relief is available for Arizona small businesses

• University of Arizona officials believe campus is as safe as possible for return of students

• Reid Park Zoo, some city park amenities will reopen with modifications later this month

• Bar owners seek legislative help to reopen, but lawmakers say there is little they can do

• Schooler brothers leaving UA to pursue opportunities to play this fall

Wednesday, Aug. 19

Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• Water park's lawsuit over pandemic closure is transferred, delayed

With no fall football, Kevin Sumlin and the Wildcats shift focus to ‘next opportunity'

• Local Opinion: To open schools, be kind, respectful, responsible and safe

Tuesday, Aug. 18

• Coronavirus cases in Arizona, mapped by county

• Bid to hold Ducey in contempt over reopening process for Arizona gyms rejected

• Join the Arizona Daily Star Opinion team Thursday for reader chat with grief specialist Bobbie Rill at 2 p.m.

• With car show canceled, Rotary Club selling raffle tickets to help 2 charities

Photo gallery: Online learning starts at Manzanita Elementary and continues at John B. Wright Elementary in Tucson

Monday, August 17

Drug-related deaths are going up in Pima County and throughout Arizona, and health officials worry its related to the toll the coronavirus pandemic is having on mental health.

Pandemic fails to stop Arizonans from cleaning up litter near state roads.

This map shows coronavirus cases in the state by county for Aug. 16.

On Sunday, Arizona coronavirus cases toppped 193,500; 19,581 in Tucson area.   

8 ex-Arizona Wildcats still living the bubble life as NBA playoffs start.

A Tucson theater's free online production brings Star foster-care investigation to stage.

Join Star Opinion team Thursday for chat with grief specialist Bobbie Rill.

Sunday, Aug. 16

Arizona likely experiencing an 'uptick' in serious child abuse cases, experts say

Revenue, or lack thereof, drives UA's response to virus-fueled financial crisis 

Tucson families tackle at-home schooling obstacles with flexibility, creativity

Drop in COVID-19 deaths likely indicator Arizona is past peak

UA football players’ parents have mixed feelings about postponement of fall season

University of Arizona women's basketball team open to bubble if it means a hoops season

Need to get away from home? This downtown Tucson hotel is renting work space

COVID-19 draws Tucson artist known for magical works into an alternate world

Seeking interaction, Tucson parents look to form social pods

Arizona Friends takes season online, Pops and Winds call off fall seasons

Finding peace in a troubled world

Saturday, Aug. 15

Jobless Arizonans will get $300 weekly boost from feds, Ducey says

Fitz's Opinion: Tucson shopper's performance is not to be missed; you'll laugh yourself sick!

Arizona offers grants to help child-care centers survive during COVID-19

University of Arizona students descend on Tucson to begin campus life

Nearly 15% of Pima County residents have been tested for COVID-19

Football's cancellation could cost University of Arizona up to $65 million, AD says

Arizona AD Dave Heeke has become ‘strong advocate’ of spring football

Friday, August 14

Ducey defends school reopenings in areas that haven't met safety benchmarks for COVID-19 

Early COVID-19 testing of UA students is 'encouraging' as school nears reopening

Tucsonan is picked for Arizona task force on reopening of elder-care facilities

CVS Health is looking to hire about 300 people throughout Arizona as it gears up for flu season and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for Aug. 13.

On Thursday, Arizona coronavirus cases top 190,700; 19,001 in Tucson area.

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

Horn honking replaces cheers as FC Tucson hits the big screen.

NCAA is open to 'bubble' for college hoops; could Pac-12 reconsider its decision?

Thursday, August 13

Landlords sue over Ducey's anti-eviction order, saying it's unconstitutional

Tucson's 2 largest school district prioritize most at-risk students for on-campus learning

Tucson workers, families hurt financially by pandemic can soon apply for grants

Fall without football could spell financial disaster for University of Arizona, other athletic departments

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in the state by county for Aug. 12.

On Wednesday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 189,400; 18,508 in Tucson area.

Biosphere 2 reopens grounds for weekend driving tours.

Tucson businesses add subscription boxes as part of their pandemic pivots.

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

Join Star's Opinion page team, sports reporter Alec White today at 2 p.m.

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.

"There is so much more at stake during the coronavirus pandemic than a few postponed football games," writes Star Sports Columnist Greg Hansen.

By postponing all sports through the end of 2020, the Pac-12 effectively shelved Arizona's nonconference basketball schedule.

UA president Robert C. Robbins explains why Pac-12 needed to 'pause, regroup.'

The owners of a Mesa waterpark are suing to be allowed to reopen, claiming Gov. Doug Ducey's pandemic policy that keeps it closed is discriminatory.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for Aug. 11.

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

• On Tuesday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 188,700; 18,381 in Tucson area.

 • Join the Star's Opinion team for a Zoom reader chat this Thursday.

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

Tuesday, August 11

Schools will be unable to open safely — even on a limited basis — for at least six weeks, Pima County health officials told local education leaders Monday.

Under pressure from a court order, Gov. Doug Ducey agreed Monday to provide a 'roadmap' to eventually allow not just gyms and fitness centers to reopen but also movie theaters, water parks and some bars. On Monday, the state said Cochise and Pima counties are both close to meeting the metrics for such re-openings.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is seeking volunteers, especially large groups, to help distribute food outside Kino Stadium in the coming weeks.

With more face-mask compliance by walkers, Tumamoc stays open for now.

Ducey reviewing a Trump proposal for Arizona to provide $100 of proposed relief for state's jobless.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for Aug. 10.

On Monday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 187,500; 17,996 in Tucson area.

Like underwear, your mask should be clean and not shared.

Pac-12 leadership meeting to decide fate of fall sports season.

Join the Star's Opinion team for a Zoom reader chat this Thursday.

Monday, August 10

A coalitions of employees from the University of Arizona who are concerned about furloughs and reopening plans at the campus during the coronavirus pandemic are moving forward with an effort to unionize.

Tucson's new Mexican consul Rafael Barcelo Durazo, a diplomat since 2010, talked to the Star's La Estrella about COVID-19, the census and his new role in Arizona.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for Aug. 9.

On Sunday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 186,900; 17,880 in Tucson area.

• ICYMI, stories related to the COIV-19 pandemic from Sunday's edition: Homebuilders in the Tucson area are hustling to keep up with an unexpected demand for new homes that is being fueled by low mortgage rates, lack of existing home inventory and a work-from-home model. Further, the Tucson market is also attracting tech workers from places such as Silicon Valley, who are indefinitely working remotely and want to leave urban areas and reduce housing costs; Pac-12 players of the 'WeAreUnited' movement who are pushing the conference to address their concerns about COVID-19 protocols, racial injustice in college sports and economic rights for college athletes say they're 'disappointed and deeply concerned' after a recent meeting with the conference's commissioner; and here are 6 ways parents can prepare for more pandemic school.

Sunday, August 9

COVID-19 cases are falling in Arizona, but risk level remains high

Local Opinion: State, local effort needed to save child care

Opinion Page Roundup: How our team is approaching travel during the pandemic

Tim Steller's opinion: Despite accolades, Arizona's coronavirus experience far from a success story

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.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason says Gov. Doug Ducey can't delay the deadline for having plan guidelines for Arizona's gyms and fitness centers to reopen.

The University of Arizona has identified at least 12 metrics related to the coronavirus pandemic that will help it decide whether to ramp up — or down — activities.

Here's a map of Arizona coronavirus cases by county for Aug. 7.

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.

COVID-19 may soon become 3rd-leading cause of Arizona deaths, according to state data.

•  On Friday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 185,000; 17,497 in Tucson area.

Drive-in event will let FC Tucson fans watch game from their car.

Friday, August 7

Arizona health officials laid out a three-part test Thursday for when they say it will be safe for schools reopen — in full or in part — during the coronavirus pandemicIs it safe to reopen schools during the pandemic? It depends.

3rd free COVID-19 testing site in Pima County opens today at Udall Center, on Tucson's east side.

University of Arizona: Key factors to determine operations during COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva is still doing OK as he quarantines in Washington, D.C., following a positive test for COVID-19.

A major lab lied about wait times for coronavirus test results, AZ officials say.

Gov. Doug Ducey is challenging a judge's ruling that would allow gyms in Arizona to reopen, even with strict virus guidelines.

Here's a map showing coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for Aug. 6.

On Thursday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 183,600; 17,293 in Tucson area. Also on Thursday, the statewide death toll from the virus surpassed 4,000 people.

Thursday, August 6

President Trump invited Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to the White House Wednesday. They spent time praising each other for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 500 inmates in Tucson prison receive positive test results for COVID-19.

Tucson's Larry H. Miller dealership collects carloads of food for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for Aug. 5.

• On Wednesday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 182,200; 16,964 in Tucson area.

Tucson's live music lovers can get their fix with these parking lot concerts.

During pandemic, UA film students' annual showcase goes from big screen to Youtube.

The start of Arizona's 2020 high school football season has been pushed back — again — to early October.

Join the Star Opinion team for weekly reader chat at 2 p.m. today.

Wednesday, August 5

Eviction judgments in at least 54 Pima County cases might have violated a federal act put in place to protect low-income people from losing their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arizona State Bar has started a review of the cases that involved three attorneys.

More than 500 inmates in Tucson prison test positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 180,500; 16,809 in Tucson area.

Judge: Arizona gyms must get a chance to seek reopening under state COVID-19 restrictions.

• Here's a map showing coronavirus cases in the state by county for Aug. 4.

Former Arizona Wildcat Dusan Ristic describes being stuck in quarantine in Kazakhstan.

• ICYMI, weekend coronavirus stories: Health officials worry coronavirus cases will climb in Tucson when classes resume at the University of Arizona; Hundreds of Tucson teachers told to return to classrooms say they worry about their health; What you need to know about virus testing in the workplace;  Tucsonans who lost their job during the virus crisis are facing financial limbo as the federal unemployment boost ends.

Join the Star Opinion team for weekly reader chat Thursday.

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.

• AZ health director: Not all guidance on coronavirus from White House task force followed in state.

Arizona Wildcats wide receiver Jaden Mitchell announced on Twitter on Monday morning that he was one of three UA football players who tested positive for COVID-19.

Greg Hansen: Pac-12 players' manifesto could prove to be start of needed overhaul.

Aviva Children's Services is seeking volunteers willing to stitch for foster kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RedCross seeks volunteers for disaster relief.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in the state by county for Aug. 3.

On Monday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 179,400; 16,741 in Tucson area.

• 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.

Join the Star Opinion team for weekly reader chat Thursday.

Monday, August 3

Tucson is spending $4.4 million to expand free, public internet — especially in areas hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Pima County's in-person voters will see big changes at the polls Tuesday.

The well-being of Tucson residents during the coronavirus pandemic has inspired  a new pilot program in some neighborhoods.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in the state by county for Aug. 2.

On Sunday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 178,000; 16,655 in Tucson area.

3 Arizona Wildcats join other Pac-12 players in saying they'll boycott the 2020  season unless league makes changes.

Tucson nonprofits and small businesses can apply for $2 million in coronavirus aid.

"Innovation has transformed health care. As a doctor, I suggest we continue to trust and invest in innovation that will get us through this pandemic," write Dr.  Michael Wentzel.

Join the Star Opinion team for weekly reader chat Thursday.

Sunday, August 2

Hundreds of Tucson teachers worry about their health as they're being required to return to classrooms during the pandemic.

Tucsonans who lost their job during the virus crisis are facing financial limbo as the federal unemployment boost ends.

What you need to know about virus testing in the workplace.

Congressman Grijalva tests positive for COVID-19.

Health officials worry coronavirus cases will climb in Tucson when classes resume at the University of Arizona.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for Aug. 1.

• On Saturday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 177,000; 16,475 in Tucson area.

Corporations might eye Tucson for future investment, growth.

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

3 Arizona mayors, all women, have led the way in fighting the spread of coronavirus in their communities.

The UA's 'Pride of Arizona' lives up to its name as it adapts to coronavirus reality, write Star Sports Columnist Greg Hansen.

Citing COVID-19 concerns, reserve UA QB Kevin Doyle opts out of 2020 season.

Saturday, August 1

Judge removes Arizona initiative to raise taxes on wealthy for education from ballot.

Vic Williams, a former state representative who is one of four Republicans vying to replace Supervisor Ally Miller, is being investigated by the County Attorney's Office after officials say he broke state law by taking pictures inside an early-voting site.

If union delivery and warehouse workers at US Foods in Arizona go on strike to protest the company's COVID-19 safety practices, food deliveries for Tucson hospitals, nursing homes and schools could be disrupted.

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

Tucson Symphony Orchestra postpones its season.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 31.

On Friday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 174,000; 16,167 in Tucson area.

The Arizona Wildcats are set to start their modified COIVID-19 season playing ASU.

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.

Protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the University of Arizona will be tested with the arrival of an initial wave of about 5,000 students.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 30.

On Thursday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 170,700; 15,884 in Tucson area.

Alan's Shoes and a local grassroots group handed out 2,000 face masks.

Health care expected to drive brisk job growth in Arizona through 2028.

Tucson cameraman Darrin Pierce talks about living and working in the Disney World "bubble" during this year's NBA pandemic season.

Racing returns to Tucson Speedway with a cap on fans, mandatory masks.

• From the weekend: At least 1,300 businesses and nonprofits in Pima County received upward of $450 million through the Paycheck Protection Program. Use the Star's database to search all PPP loans issued to Arizona businesses.  Meanwhile, Educators in Tucson decried  Arizona's 'lack of leadership' over school openings during the pandemic  and a public health professor at the University of Arizona says "things are getting better"  about the latest COVID-19 data here.

Thursday, July 30

TUSD approves a plan to reopen while asking the state to extend school closures during the pandemic.

Tucson's Rotary Club cancels its big car show due to the coronavirus pandemic, but its fundraising will go on.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 29.

On Wednesday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 168,200; 15,601 in Tucson area.

Mistrust and miscommunication of the UA's medical staff is being cited by offensive lineman Edgar Burrola, who was suspended for violating the team's COVID-19 protocols.

Former Arizona Wildcats have key roles as the NBA resumes play today.

These Tucson museums have re-opened following months of coronavirus closures.

Tucson singer uses national platform to shine spotlight on the Old Pueblo.

These outdoor destinations will ease your nature fix while Mount Lemmon is closed.

Join the Star Opinion team for a reader chat with Tim Steller at 2 p.m. today.

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.

Traditional in-person classes at the University of Arizona will come at the end of a three-stage approach, and there's no guarantee it will happen before the end of the fall semester. Meanwhile, some employees at UA's fundraising affiliates say they're wary about returning to office work.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 28.

On Tuesday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 165,900; 15,292 in Tucson area.

Raytheon Technologies Corp. reported a second-quarter loss of nearly $4 billion in the second quarter because of one-time charges related to its April merger and plunging sales of aircraft components due to COVID-19.

Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Edgar Burrola has been suspended from the team for violating the athletic department's COVID-19 protocols.

Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin discusses the physical and mental state of his football team, COVID-19 challenges and the likelihood of a modified season.

Join the Star Opinion team for a reader chat with Tim Steller at 2 p.m. Thursday.

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.

A judge has agreed to hear arguments by Arizona gyms that Gov. Doug Ducey has essentially moved the goalposts in what they need to do to reopen.

Tucson events to give students free backpacks, school supplies.

Drive raising money to provide Tucson teachers with school supplies.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 27.

• Greg Hansen: Move the high school football season to spring, and keep it there.

UA grad Jeremy Levin helping TNT's popular show get ready for NBA's pandemic season.

Join the Star Opinion team for a reader chat with Tim Steller at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Monday, July 27

A Tucson research center is one of 87 clinics around the country to be selected to participate in Phase 3 of a COVID-19 vaccine trial. Moderna, a national biotech company, is leading the study and announced the beginning of Phase 3 earlier this month. The company is looking to recruit up to 30,000 participants nationwide.

'Bars such as those surrounding the universities are breeding grounds for COVID-19,' private attorneys representing the Arizona Board of Regents wrote to a judge supporting Gov Doug Ducey in his move to close bars and gyms during the pandemic. 'Alcohol of course can disinhibit people and perhaps promote even more breaches of social distance and sharing of drinks and food.'

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

The University of Arizona is expanding access to its free coronavirus antibody testing program.

•  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.

Arizona Opera planning on concerts – outdoor and streamed – and a movie.

On Sunday, Arizona coronavirus cases toppped 162,000; 14,963 in Tucson area.

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 Saturday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 160,000; 14,800 in Tucson area.

Here's a map of Arizona cournavirus cases by county for July 25.

• 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.

Tucson conductors turn to technology to stay engaged with their audiences during the pandemic.

Teaching outdoors is a good way to reopen schools during the pandemic, writes Renée Schafer Horton.

"Many people, including top leaders, casually say those with compromised immune systems should just stay home in order to be protected. A seemingly easy solution we accept without question as we go about our daily lives ... but why do we?," writes Dr. Erica McFadden, executive director of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

"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

Educators in Tucson decry Arizona's 'lack of leadership' over school openings during the pandemic.

• Judge: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey acted within legal bounds when he halted evictions due to pandemic.

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

Here's a map of the coronavirus in Arizona by county for July 24.

• On Friday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 156,300; 14,428 in Tucson area.

2 chances this weekend to get your local opera, comedy fix.

FC Tucson players boarded a plane to Miami Friday in anticipation of their much-anticipated season opener. Meanwhile, the team received a PPP loan to mitigate its financial hit. Use the Star's database to search all PPP loans issued to Arizona businesses.

Pima Community College moves fall, winter sports to spring.

• During these uncertain times, determining how to sustain preservation workers and continue conserving Mission San Xavier — one of the world's most important and culturally at-risk buildings — is complicated.

• 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.

So few people exercising on Tumamoc Hill are wearing face masks that the University of Arizona has said it will shut it down again unless more of them follow the rules.

University of Arizona students who ignore health safety rules — by doing things like throwing big parties during the pandemic — could face discipline, President Robert C. Robbins says.

Gov. Doug Ducey has asked Congress to bail out the state's rapidly depleting unemployment trust fund, provide liability protection for businesses, schools and health-care workers, and extend the special federal unemployment benefits.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 23.

• Database: Search all PPP loans issued to Arizona businesses.

On Thursday, Arizona's coronavirus cases topped 152,900; 14,143 in Tucson area.

Thursday, July 23

Gov. Doug Ducey acted legally in blocking evictions in Arizona, judge rules.

A Tucson startup is working to create new vaccines for COVID-19, future viruses.

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.

This map shows coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 22.

On Wednesday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 150,600; and reached 13,990 in the Tucson area.

TUSD is holding virtual town halls to answer questions about reopening its schools.

• Database: Search all PPP loans issued to Arizona businesses.

Arizona Wildcat Jemarl Baker is healthy, ready to start junior season.

During pandemic dining restrictions, Tucson restaurants serve up breakfast favorites to go.

Join the Arizona Daily Star Opinion team for reader chat today at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22

Gov. Doug Ducey to Arizona Supreme Court: Toss bar owners' challenge to his power to shut them down.

2020 Tucson Comic-Con canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

University of Arizona lecture series to explore past, present and future of virus pandemic.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 21.

On Tuesday, Arizona coronavirus cases topped 148,600; 13,848 in metro Tucson.

"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.

• From the weekend: Teachers across Tucson say they don't want to return to classrooms while the coronavirus rages; Check out all the  apartment and hotels being built downtowm; Researchers at the University of Arizona have begun to open their labs back up,

Tuesday, July 21

Tucson's streets have been less busy but more deadly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Journalist Arthur H. Rotstein, who covered southern Arizona for nearly 30 years, dies of COVID-19.

Arizona coronavirus cases top 145,100; 13,594 in Tucson area

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 20.

The 3000 Club in Tucson distributes produce, food staples.

"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.

Join the Arizona Daily Star Opinion team for reader chat at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Lute Olson's grandkids — Julie Hairgrove, of the WNBA and her brother Matt Brase, of the NBA — are the most compelling 'Double' in professional basketball.

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.

Some Arizona high school coaches are pushing to have the season moved to spring.

Arizona's conformed cases of coronavirus has reached 143,624, on Sunday, health officials said.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 19.

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.

COVID-19 cases start to flatten across Arizona, Pima County.

Here is a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 18.

• 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.

"I look forward to school beginning again. I look forward to my students safely coming back to the classroom. I do hope we get to restart classrooms safely and soon," writes  Richard Moore, a Tucson educator.

The virus crisis shows that it's critical for Arizona students to have better access to broadband internet, especially in the state's rural communities, writes Sybil Francis, president and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona.

There's a scramble on to save football during the virus crisis, but what happens to hoops?

Arizona Theatre Company goes virtual for its 2020 season.

Saturday, July 18

Tucson city leaders are offering free masks this morning.

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.

Tucson's Charrovida restaurant reopens with an updated concept for its plant-based menu.

Fear of evictions, unemployment due to ongoing pandemic take center stage in Pima County constable contest.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in the state by county for July 17.

"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.

The Star's David Fitzsimmons writes about moving on from Arroyo Cafe until the coronavirus pandemic passes.

3 positive COVID-19 tests reported among 83 Arizona Wildcats football players training on campus.

FC Tucson's 16-game slate opens next week in Florida.

Salpointe, Pusch Ridge say they're being cautious at voluntary workouts.

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.

Arizona's unemployment rate is going back up, new figures show.

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

Arizona's schools superintendent says she's 'not optimistic' campuses will be ready to reopen by the Aug. 17 start date Gov. Ducey has set.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 16.

University of Arizona instructors will decide if their fall classes will be online, in-person or both.

Dave Rubio, the Arizona Wildcats' longtime volleyball coach, wants to delay the start of volleyball season to this next spring.

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.

Arizonans should expect they will need to wear face masks through at least the end of 2020, says an aide to Gov. Doug Ducey.

A judge rejects a bid by an Arizona fitness business to reopen facilities throughout state.

The University of Arizona is set to livestream a discussion of its new reentry plan Thursday morning.

• 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.

These face masks offer protection, and a chance to show off Tucson pride.

• 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.

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus will be today's guest in the Star's online reader chat.

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.

This map shows coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 14.

Some Arizona taxpayer dollars might go to private religious schools, but it's a tiny fraction of their funding, writes Tom Askew, of Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization.

These face masks offer protection, and a chance to show off Tucson pride.

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.

A company that franchises out fitness studios wants a federal judge in Arizona to rule that there are limits on the unilateral authority Gov. Doug Ducey has to close them down — even during an emergency like the coronavirus pandemic.

Here's a map of Arizona's coronavirus cases, by county, for July 13.

• In April, the Star's Henry Brean wrote about the impact the Spanish Flu pandemic had on the dusty town of Tucson a century ago. This is how the Star covered the "Spanish influenza" in 1918.

In case you missed it: Pima County moves in to provide Tucson's funeral homes extra space for the dead; The county also opened a free COVID-19 testing site on Monday; Employers in Arizona get to decide if coworkers — or the public — know about coronavirus cases among workers at places you eat and shop; Arizona families that include individuals with disabilities are especially alarmed by the prospect of Arizona's "triaged care."; The University of Arizona promises enough on-campus classes for foreign students to meet new ICE requirements that threatens to yank student visas.

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.

• On Sunday, Arizona's total coronavirus cases topped 122,000.

• 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."

Join the Star's Opinion team Thursday at 2 p.m. for chat with readers.

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.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 11.

• 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.

Coronavirus plunges local nonprofits in financial quagmire.

Here's what it's like to fly in and out of Tucson International Airport during the pandemic.

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.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 10.

Arizona's Rep. Biggs joins the White House in pushing schools to have in-person classes this fall.

Pac-12 says it's going league-only for football, other fall sports.

• 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.

• Arizona bars: Power Ducey given to force them to close is unconstitutional.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 9.

• 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.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 8.

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.

A local relief fund for Tucson theater artists reaches $13,000.

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

• University of Arizona: We will meet new immigration rules from ICE for international students this fall.

ASU researchers develop cheaper, faster test for COVID-19.

• "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.

The coronavirus pandemic could keep the Schooler brothers from teaming up for the Arizona Wildcats.

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.

A ruling by a judge will keep Arizona gyms closed through July 27 — if not longer.

The University of Arizona promises enough on-campus classes for foreign students to meet new ICE requirements that could yank student visas.

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

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 7.

An immigration advocacy group is trying to win release of a 'dreamer' from Tucson who has contracted the coronavirus while being held at a detention center in Eloy.

"It is essential that Arizona waive the requirement for students to be physically present in order to broaden options that ensure the safety of our community," write Erik M. Francis and Adelle McNiece, authors and educators.

An Arizona Daily Star storytelling event today will feature artists with disabilities.

Tuesday, July 7

Some Tucsonans with COVID-19 are being sent to hospitals in San Diego, Albuquerque, Las Vegas or hospitals in other parts of Arizona for treatment when shortages in staffing, equipment or bed space make it impossible for care here.

• 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.

Needs only grow for Tucson foster children and families during the pandemic.

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

Coronavirus keeps Tucson's Fox Tucson Theatre closed through 2020.

"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.

Many international athletes may be left out of NCAA sports this year 

Monday, July 6

Having so many patients here facing a long recovery from an assortment of health effects from severe case of COVID-19 could overwhelm Tucson's health-care system, some medical professionals say.

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

Here's a map of Arizona cases by county for July 5.

• 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.

Employees and the public are often left in dark when Tucson businesses opt not to disclose coronavirus cases.

A Tucson mom and daughter shared their lives, then COVID-19 struck.

This map shows cases of the coronavirus in Arizona, mapped by county for July 3.

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.

•  It's getting harder and harder to imagine Tucson having a prep football season in 2020, writes Star sports columnist Greg Hansen.

• In Tucson you can send love to isolated seniors through a nice note.

• "The 126,000-plus U.S. citizens who've died of COVID-19 were more than just numbers," says Renée Schafer Horton, a Tucson writer.

• 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.

Here are COVID-19 cases in Arizona mapped by county for July 3.

In Tucson, face masks are for more than just for people.

On Friday, Arizona reported more than 4,400 new coronavirus cases, totaling more than 91,800 statewide.

Sahuarita is the only municipality in the Tucson area still planning a large Fourth of July fireworks show tonight.

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

Friday July, 3

• 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.

More than two dozen health clubs disobey Arizona's gym closure order.

Here's a map of COVID-19 in Arizona by county for July 2.

"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

Not wearing a face mask in Tucson could cost you $50.

• 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.

Vice President Mike Pence visited Arizona on the same day it breaks another daily record for new coronavirus cases.

University of Arizona President Robert Robbins ordered a last-minute delay on a furlough plan to get more feedback.

• 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.

Here's a map showing coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for July 1.

Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation cancels its 2020 season.

• "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?

• About a month after it reopened, downtown's Hotel Congress closes again amid a spike in coronavirus cases.

Marana's Growlers TapHouse, licensed as a bar, is appealing to the state to let it stay open as a restaurant.

Pima County Superior Court is offering remote access to hearings.

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

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for June 30.

• 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.

• University of Arizona: Return of athletes to campus put on pause amid spiking COVID-19 cases in the state.

Tucson's 'Let Freedom Sing' celebration is going virtual this Fourth of July.

Arizona's daily virus report shows fewer cases after a lab misses its reporting deadline.

Arizona's White Mountain Apache Tribe is taking some of the most drastic actions in the state to protect its 13,500 residents.

This map shows coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for June 29.

• 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

• As the coronavirus continues its surge across Arizona, many Tucsonans who are afraid to keep in-person medical appointments worry that insurance providers will soon stop coverage of telemedicine.
Several bars and restaurants in Scottsdale that Gov. Doug Ducey labeled 'bad actors' have shut down temporarily, and they're pushing back on his allegations that they disregarded safety protocols meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Sunday marked another day of a record high in the daily number of new coronavirus cases reported in Arizona.
Mandatory mask-wearing rules across Arizona have made it harder for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate.
Faculty at the University of Arizona held a vote trying to convince campus leaders to halt a furlough plan that takes effect on Wednesday.
• From Sunday: 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 welcoming tourists back, while trying to keep the spread of the coronavirus at bay.

 Sunday, June 28

• 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.

Rocky Point, the Sonora town many consider Arizona's beach, is again welcoming tourists while trying to keep the spread of the coronavirus at bay.

Hospital workers are feeling the strain as the coronavirus sweeps across Arizona.

Arizona reported 3,591 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday.

Here's a map of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Arizona by county for June 27.

These Tucsonans who used stick-to-home time to establish enjoyable, life-affirming routines, connections and practices that they plan to maintain after the coronavirus pandemic ends.

Tucsonans unite to help the Navajo Nation amid the pandemic.

The coronavirus has stalled — not stopped — ex-Arizona Wildcat Matt Brase's dreams of being NBA head coach.

Despite the growing number of college football players testing positive for the coronavirus, one expert says the 2020 season is far from doomed.

Here are ways to fill spiritual, social needs during pandemic, writes the Star's Sara Brown.

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.

We can not depend on private entities alone to get out of this recession, writes Tucsonan Hallette Luedtke.

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.

• On Friday, Arizona reported more than 3,400 new coronavirus cases.

BK Carne Asada temporarily closes both Tucson locations as virus cases jump across Arizona.

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.

Here's a map of Arizona coronavirus cases by county for June 26.

David Fitzsimmons visits the Arroyo Cafe for a serving of much-needed human contact.

Last week Arizona and Pima County set records — again — for weekly rises in COVID-19 cases. Look for this week's trends in Sunday's Star.

Arizona attorney general warns church where Trump had rally.

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.

More than $127 million in rental assistance is available in Arizona but so far less than $1 million has reached the people who need it.

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.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona have now reached 63,000.

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

This map shows coronavirus in Arizona by county for June 25.

Thursday, June 25

$270 million in federal funding — including $200 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — will be shared by Arizona schools to help them get started when classes resume during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Here's a map showing coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for June 24.

Students at a University of Arizona dorm were notified of a coronavirus cases there.

Arizonans headed to New York and two other states now face a 14-day quarantine.

Feed Tucson 2020 is set to distribute basic supplies, nonperishable food to those in need Thursday morning.

Pandemic shutdown for youth sports in Tucson could provide opportunity for needed changes.

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

These Tucson businesses are ready to help you celebrate Independence Day weekend.

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."

The University of Arizona's coronavirus plan calls for in-person classes to end at Thanksgiving break.

Pima County adopts a $1.4 billion budget that has been significantly modified to account for the economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jobless claims in Arizona surge amid its bleak economic outlook.

Tucson's Silver Saddle delays reopening after meeting with employees.

Pandemic prompts the Arizona Wildcats to add clauses to nonconfernce game contracts.

The doctor leading the team planning UA athletes' safe return to campus calls the effort a high-stakes responsibility.

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

103 virus cases have reported among immigration detention center workers in Arizona since the start of the pandemic.

Tucson's Silver Saddle Steakhouse delays reopening due to the spike in coronavirus cases.

The coronavirus pandemic was the last straw for Tucson restaurateur Andreas Delfakis, who is closing Athens on 4th after more than 30 years. The Chicago Bar, a hangout for lovers of the blues and Chicago sports, recently announced its closure too.

Arizona need to close bars again, and limit restaurants to takeout-only as cases of the coronavirus continue to rise across the state, writes Steve Kozachik, the Tucson city councilman for Ward 6.

Due to pandemic, a big Boys & Girls Clubs' fundraiser in Tucson is set to be televised.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for June 22.

The fashion program at Pima Community College makes face masks to thank its donors, help first responders during the virus outbreak.

• 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."

Tucson's popular blues spot, Chicago Bar, closes from financial strain of pandemic.

Barrio Brewing closes temporarily after exposures to COVID-19.

• On Sunday, Arizona reported more than 2,500 new virus cases.

Here's a map showing coronavirus cases in Arizona by county.

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.

A device invented at the University of Arizona delivers COVID-19 results in minutes.

• On Saturday, Arizona reported more than 3,100 new coronavirus cases, another daily record, according to the state Health Services Department.

Dan Amaro, a veteran UPS employee, died of COVID-19 after an outbreak at the company's Tucson distribution facility, according to union officials.

Dale Elkins, a Navy veteran and retired FAA supervisor living in Oro Valley, died from COVID-19 shortly after a liver transplant.

"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.

This map shows coronavirus cases in Arizona by county.

Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation decides to go ahead with a 2020 season.

Live theater returns to Tucson with precautions against virus spread.

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.

• Another daily record: Arizona reports over 3,200 new coronavirus cases on Friday, according to the state Health Services Department.

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.

This map shows Arizona's latest coronavirus data by county.

• Opinion by Edward Celaya: Arizonans have to learn how to live with the virus for the foreseeable future. Clear and consistent rules from our leaders will help make it easier.

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

Tucson's Barrio Brewing and other restaurants close due to COVID-19 exposures. Other restaurants across metro Tucson decide to close dining rooms and revert to only take-out.

Friday, June 19

Pima County Supervisors are meeting today to discuss a mask-wearing policy that it says could override the one mandated by Tucson Mayor Regina Romero a day earlier. Tucson's order requiring wearing a face covering in public is set to go into effect Saturday morning.

Arizona's rise in coronavirus cases prompted a long-time Tucson bar to close 72 hours it reopened. 'I'm sorry. We made a mistake,' says a sign at the door posted by Richard Snyder owner of Danny's Baboquivari Lounge. A southside restaurant made a similar decision earlier this week when it decided to close the dining room a go back to take-out only.

• On paper, Arizona's jobless rate falls during the pandemic, but adjustments loom.

Gov. Doug Ducey's latest response to Arizona's coronavirus surge puts burden on cities, and local officials writes Star columnist Tim Steller.

2,519 new cases of coronavirus reported in Thursday was another daily record for Arizona.

• Better contact tracing, cleaner dorms expected at UA when classes resume

 

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.

• Tucson's popular BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs is one of several restaurants across Arizona that have reopened their dining rooms only to close them again over concerns about 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.

Face cover designed in Tucson could be game-changer for Arizona Wildcats.

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

• Missing a long road trip? Here's how to get away while staying close to home.

Here's a map of coronavirus cases in Arizona by county for Tuesday, June 16.

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

Join the Star Opinion team for its weekly reader chat today.

Wednesday, June 17

Arizona has a reprieve for evictions during the coronavirus pandemic, but a lot of renters in Pima County are still losing their home.

Some 1.6 million people in Arizona are collecting jobless benefits as state reports surge in claims as the coronavirus pandemic churns on.

There were nearly 2,400 new coronavirus cases in Arizona on Tuesday, a record.

• 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.

Join the Star Opinion team for its weekly reader chat on Thursday June 18.

Tuesday, June 16

A record number of new coronavirus cases was reported in Arizona on Tuesday.

• Immigration advocates say Tucson teen's health makes it too risky for him to be placed in detention.

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.

Here's a map of coronavirus case in Arizona by county for Monday, June 15.

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

Join Star Opinion team for its weekly reader chat on Wednesday, June 18.

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