Statement from Sharon Bronson, Chair, Pima County Board of Supervisors:
“Pima County is obviously disappointed in Judge Kellie Johnson’s Preliminary Injunction restricting the County Health Department from enforcing a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew throughout Pima County. The Board of Supervisors imposed the curfew Dec. 15, 2020, in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The Board of Supervisors has authorized the County Attorney to appeal the ruling. It is the County’s firm belief that state law empowers the Health Department to take specific actions such as the curfew to mitigate and halt the spread of infectious diseases. In the meantime, Pima County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francisco Garcia urges all businesses to continue to voluntarily adhere to the curfew and limit gatherings. The Resolution passed by the board stated the curfew would be lifted when the COVID-19 infection rate in the County fell below what is considered "substantial spread" of the disease, or 100 cases per 100,000 people. The current infection rate is 10 times that at 1,000 cases per 100,000 and County hospitals remain full, their resources and staff strained to the limit. Since Jan. 1, 2021, 22,700 people have fallen ill with COVID-19 in Pima County and 431 people have died.”
Pima County will not be making anyone available for interview about Judge Johnson's decision. This serves as the County's only statement about the injunction.