TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — It's been one year since the novel coronavirus arrived in Tucson.
To mark the anniversary, KGUN 9 has created a timeline of notable events and stories that show how COVID-19 affected Southern Arizona throughout 2020.
March 9 - First positive case reported in Pima County
Pima County's first presumptive positive case was reported on March 9.
We have a person who tested preemptively positive for COVID-19 in Pima County. The case is travel-related, and the risk to the general population remains low. Wash 👏Your 👏 Hands 👏! @whatsuptucson @cityoftucson— Pima County Health (@pchd) March 9, 2020
March 11 - UArizona moves classes online
The University of Arizona moved to online classes as COVID-19 fears grew.
March 12 - Tucson-area events begin getting canceled
Several Tucson events began getting canceled/postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. Events included the Pima County Fair, Tucson Festival of Books, and the 4th Avenue Street Fair. Click here for the full list.
March 13 - Former President Trump declares national state of emergency
President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency on March 13.
March 15 - Arizona school districts begin to close
Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced a statewide closure of Arizona schools.
March 23 - First Pima County death reported
Pima County announced its first reported death on March 23. The patient was a woman in her 50s.
March 23 - Spanish Flu survivor spreads message of hope for Tucson
Val Hirsh, a Tucson woman who lived through the Spanish Flu that started in 1918 shared a message of hope with the community on March 23.
March 30 - Governor Ducey announces stay-at-home order