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First responders at the Tubac Fire District have spent months suiting up in extra personal protective equipment and taking additional precautions to prevent transmission of COVID-19. In the past few weeks, several firefighters have also taken personal steps to help put an end to the pandemic.

• The County Health Services Department reported 20 new confirmed COVID-19 cases among Santa Cruz County residents during the week leading up to Thursday, Sept. 17. That brought the total number of confirmed infections in the county since the start of the pandemic to 2,798.

A company is seeking to perform exploratory drilling for mineral deposits on the east side of the Patagonia Mountains, and members of the public can comment on the proposal as part of the review process mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act.

From March to May, director Anna Coleman and her daughters Caitlyn and Annika cooked hundreds of meals for the community at the center’s commercial kitchen. Then when summer came, they used grants buy Lego engineering kits, acrylic paints, kinetic sand and 3-D wood puzzles for local kids to work on at home.

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