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Local officials discuss vaccine rollout, COVID-19 testing during special meeting

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TUCSON (KVOA) - City and county leaders held a special meeting Friday morning to discuss issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the meeting, they focused on vaccine rollout, COVID-19 testing, mask usage, the curfew and business restrictions.

On Thursday, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry recommended for the county to suspend all its COVID-19 testing sites after Arizona reimbursed $1 million of its $40 million spent for testing.

On Friday, Huckelberry said they would delay the vote to stop testing until the next board meeting.

"The action that I asked to the board to do based on the press release that we got from the state is that we can continue testing until March the 2nd, which is the next board meeting to see if the state will allocate more money," the administrator said.

Arizona's top health official, Dr. Cara Christ said Thursday that the state was aware of Huckelberry's concern and wants the county to continue testing. Christ said that the funding issues will be resolved.

On Friday morning, the state they are making $100 million available to counties to support COVID-19 testing. According to ADHS, Pima County is eligible "for around $14.4 million of the total $100 million".

You can watch complete meeting here:

Pima County, City of Tucson Joint COVID-19 Meeting

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Posted by News 4 Tucson - KVOA on Friday, February 19, 2021

Pima County reported an additional 211 new COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths Friday. So far, Pima County has seen 107,793 cases and 2,144 total deaths.

In Arizona, there have been 804,116 known cases of the virus and 15,421 related deaths.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations, visit webcms.pima.gov or call 520-222-0119.

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PCHD COVID-19 Briefing

WATCH LIVE: Pima County Health Department holds its regular COVID-19 briefing amid the state's announcement that it will make 0 million available to counties to support COVID-19 testing http://bit.ly/2ZwosOJ

Posted by News 4 Tucson - KVOA on Friday, February 19, 2021

Pima County Health Department is seeing an improvement on two indicators tracked on the COVID-19 Progress Report. According to PCHD, "For the first time in weeks, COVID-19-like illness (CLI) moved from “criteria not met” (red) to “progress” (yellow) and timely case investigation moved from “progress” (yellow) to “criteria met” (green)."

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