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Pima County supervisors pass mask mandate, brace for omicron

The Pima County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to address the spread of COVID-19 as hospitals struggle with the latest outbreak.

The county will require people to wear masks indoors in places where it is not easy to stay 6 feet away from others.

The resolution was introduced by Dr. Matt Heinz, the supervisor out of District 2.

It described COVID-19 as the worst public health crisis in a century.

More than 800,000 have died of the illness nationwide, and hospitals in the county are nearing capacity as they brace for the omicron variant.

The mandate will remain in effect at least until Feb. 28, 2022.

Ron Dungan was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2024.