Health and Human Services announced a plan to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots this fall. CDC’s independent advisory committee, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, will continue to meet and discuss data on the evolution of the pandemic and the use of COVID-19 vaccines. ACIP will make further recommendations on the use of boosters for the public after a thorough review of the evidence.
What You Need to Know
• People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness.
• People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems may not build the same level of immunity to 2-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised.
• People who have compromised immune systems may benefit from an additional dose to make sure they have enough protection against COVID-19.
• CDC recommends people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses.
• This additional dose intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series is not the same as a booster dose, given to people when the immune response to a primary vaccine series is likely to have waned over time.
• CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.
• CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
Santa Cruz County Health Services (SCCHS) strongly recommends that individuals who have COVID-19, or who have been exposed to COVID-19 through contact with a COVID-19 case, stay home and away from others. Symptoms of COVID-19 can be mild, and it is possible for individuals without symptoms to spread the highly contagious disease.
SCCHS and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) strongly recommends that your child stay home, and away from others, if they are NOT fully vaccinated until one of the following is met:
If your child is fully vaccinated and symptom free, they do not need to quarantine (stay home). However, it is recommended that individuals receive a COVID-19 test 5 days after exposure and continue to wear a mask. If they are symptomatic after an exposure, they should stay home and get tested as soon as possible to determine if they are positive.
A person exposed to COVID-19 may develop symptoms after being exposed. Santa Cruz County Health Services may contact you to follow up. SCCHS recommends wearing a mask indoors in public regardless of vaccination status.
Visit COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) | Santa Cruz County, AZ - Official Website (santacruzcountyaz.gov) for more information about COVID-19.
In coordination with the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, our planning efforts include involvement from hospital and healthcare systems, emergency response agencies, community-based organizations, and others. The role of different partners in vaccine distribution will depend on vaccine supply and the stage of the vaccine distribution plan. As more information becomes available about COVID-19 vaccine, this page will be updated.
|Vaccine Brand Name||Who Can Get this Vaccine||How Many Shots You Will Need||When Are You Fully Vaccinated?|
|Pfizer-BioNTech||People 12 years and older||2 shots Given 3 weeks (21 days) apart||2 weeks after your second shot|
|Moderna||People 18 years and older||2 shots Given 4 weeks (28 days) apart|
2 weeks after your second shot
|Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen||People 18 years and older||1 shot||2 weeks after your shot|
If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.
If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you or your child has a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults or children (MIS-A or MIS-C), consider delaying vaccination until you or your child have recovered from being sick and for 90 days after the date of diagnosis of MIS-A or MIS-C. Learn more about the clinical considerations people with a history of multisystem MIS-C or MIS-A.
Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
Is it safe for my child to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Like adults, children may have some side effects after COVID-19 vaccination. These side effects may affect their ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Children 12 years and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in children 12 years and older. Your child cannot get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine.
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I am fully vaccinated?
No. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic.
Additional recommendations can be found at When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated.
If I am pregnant, can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, if you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
You might want to have a conversation with your healthcare provider to help you decide whether to get vaccinated. While such a conversation might be helpful, it is not required before vaccination. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are pregnant and have received a COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to enroll in v-safe, CDC’s smartphone-based tool that provides personalized health check-ins after vaccination. A v-safe pregnancy registry has been established to gather information on the health of pregnant people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
For additional frequently asked questions, please visit the CDC FAQ site at:
Santa Cruz County Health Department
Location: 275 Rio Rico Dr., Rio Rico, AZ 85648
Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.
Appointment phone: 520-604-9321
FREE COVID-19 TESTING!!
Forms are available here. We recommend that you download and complete all of the forms, and bring them to your appointment. If you are not able to retrieve the forms from the website, please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to allow time to complete your paperwork. Please bring a government form of identification.
Once positive, retesting is not recommended for the following 3 months. If you had a positive result in the last 3 months, you may still test positive, despite having recovered, and no longer being contagious. Re-testing to obtain a negative result for the purposes of returning to work is not recommended.
Per CDC guidance:
Considerations for who should consider getting tested:
Not everyone needs to be tested, but if a test is warranted due to exposure or symptoms, you should self-quarantine or isolate at home pending test results, and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.
Currently, results are usually obtained within 24 to 48 hours, but the timeframe can increase based on the capacity of the laboratory, laboratory procedures, and holidays.
OTHER TESTING OPTIONS:
Mariposa Community Health Center - Locations in Nogales, Rio Rico, and Patagonia. Phone: 520-281-1550
NextCare Urgent Care - 298 W. Mariposa Rd. #2, Nogales, AZ. Phone: 520-394-7388
Holy Cross Hospital - 1171 W. Target Range Rd., Nogales, AZ. Phone: 520-285-3000
Current Santa Cruz County COVID-19 Case Information
|Total Cases||8,689||Cases Recovered||5,651|
|Case Breakdown by Age|
|65 and up||1206 (14%)|
|Age Unknown||16 (0.12%)|
|Total hospitalizations to date:||597|
|Total Number of Deaths||188|
|Deaths by Age|
|65 and up||136 (72.8%)|
The information above represents cases reported and verified by Santa Cruz County Health Services by 5:00 P.M. Cases received after 5:00 P.M. will be included on the next day’s totals. Totals may vary slightly from those found on the Arizona Dept. of Health Services website.
Watch for Symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea. These are some, but not all potential symptoms.
COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those considered at highest risk for contracting the virus are individuals with travel to an area where the virus is spreading, or individuals in close contact with a person who is diagnosed as having COVID-19. Public health officials are working with anybody who may have been exposed.
After International Travel
You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still be infected and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you travel.
After travel information for people fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization:
After travel information for unvaccinated people:
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|Guidance for Retail Stores||Guidance for Barbers & Cosmetologists||Guidance for Public and Semi-Public Pools|
|Guidance for Spas, Massage Therapists, and Personal Services||Guidance for Gyms and Fitness Providers||Interim Guidance: Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)|
|Guidance for Funeral Attendees||Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families||Private Event Guidance |
South32 and Local First Arizona have partnered to serve as many small businesses and entrepreneurs in need as possible. Micro-entrepreneurs in Santa Cruz County that are struggling to surmount the financial impact of the novel coronavirus may apply for funds to cover business expenses, employee salaries, and other operation-related costs.South32 and Local First Arizona Small Business Relief Fund
A COVID-19 hotline has been set up to answer any questions from the public and healthcare providers about testing, symptoms, and any other questions you have about the virus.
On May 12, 2020, Governor Doug A. Ducey announced that Arizona’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected Order would be ending on Friday May, 15, 2020. This will be replaced by the new Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger Executive Order, which takes effect on Saturday, May 16, 2020.
The new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery aligns with gating criteria that was issued by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and aims to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 resurgence, protect vulnerable populations, and guide the reopening of businesses with enhanced physical distancing and safety measures in place. Arizona will gradually phase in formerly restricted operations through the months of May and June with policy that promotes social distancing, as well as encouraging social connectedness.
Under the new order:
“Since the start of this pandemic, Arizona has taken a calm and steady approach to protecting health and slowing the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Ducey. “Today, our hospitals have capacity to provide care to those who need it; our businesses are implementing and adapting to new physical distancing measures; and data shows Arizona is headed in the right direction. It is time to move forward with the next steps of Arizona’s economic recovery — while continuing to make health and safety our number one priority. I’m grateful to all Arizonans for their partnership and cooperation during these trying times. By continuing to follow the data and recommendations of public health officials, we can continue to move forward safely and responsibly together.”
Arizona is now allowing barbers and cosmetologists, retail establishments, casinos, pools, gyms and fitness providers, and spas to reopen with physical distancing and enhance sanitation. Additionally, restaurants are able to offer dine-in services to customers.
Monitor federal, state, and local public health communications about COVID-19 regulations, guidance, and recommendations and ensure that workers have access to that information. Frequently check the CDC COVID-19 website.
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
ADOH has partnered with SEACAP (the Southeastern Arizona Community Action Program) to provide rental assistance to people in Santa Cruz County. Clink on he link below to apply for Rental Assistance
We are committed to making sure Arizonans have access to the resources they need as we work to get our state through the COVID-19 outbreak. We’re in this together.
For more information about COVID-19 in English or Spanish, dial 2-1-1.
If you need public assistance, email email@example.com.
If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, help is available immediately. Click here for help or talk to someone now by calling 1.800.799.7233 or texting "LOVEIS" to 22522.
|Business Guidance||COVID-19 Restaurant Guidance|
|Small Business Administration||Food Service Sanitizing Guidance|
|How to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits||RELIEF AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT|
|Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic||Prácticas recomendadas para tiendas de alimentos minoristas, restaurantes, y servicios para llevar y entregar alimentos durante la pandemia del COVID-19|
|Coronavirus Guidelines for America||Lista de Preparacion Para Una Pandemia de Influenza Para Organizaciones Communitarias Religiosas|
|Faith Based Organization Guidance||Directrices del Presidente Sobre el Coronavirus|
|Pandemic Influenza Faith Based Community Checklist||Liberty Utilities COVID-19 Update|
|Save Our Home AZ – Foreclosure Assistance||Keeping Your House Disinfected|
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently expanded the criteria for testing of individuals who, through the appropriate consideration of a physician, should be tested for COVID-19.
In Arizona, the supply of test kits to conduct these tests is limited and only the AZ State Public Health Laboratory and some commercial laboratories are capable of conducting the test. Until there are enough test supplies and sites available to support wider-spread testing, health care facilities in Santa Cruz County are using the following assessment to determine the urgency for testing in three categories related to their contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, high risk travel, or highly severe symptoms:
|People with||Fever1 OR signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath) NOTrequiring hospitalization||who||have had close contact3 with Any person, including healthcare workers2, with a laboratory-confirmed4 COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset.|
|People with||Fever1 AND signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath) NOT requiring hospitalization in a person with a high-risk occupation* OR who lives in a congregate setting†||who||No source of exposure has been identified|
|People with||Fever1 AND severe acute lower respiratory illness (e.g., pneumonia, ARDS) requiring hospitalization, radiographic confirmation of bilateral pulmonary infiltrates, & without alternative explanatory diagnosis (negative respiratory viral panel) 5,6||who||No source of exposure has been identified|
|1 Fever may be subjective or confirmed.|
2 For healthcare personnel, testing may be considered if there has been exposure to a person with suspected COVID-19 without laboratory confirmation
3 Close contact is defined at the CDC website:
4 Documentation of laboratory-confirmation of 2019-nCoV may not be possible for travelers or persons caring for patients in other countries.
5 Category includes single or clusters of patients with severe acute lower respiratory illness (e.g., pneumonia, ARDS) of unknown etiology in which COVID-19 is being considered
6 Also consider testing for Coccidioidomycosis and Legionella
*Healthcare personnel, school personnel, childcare worker, jail/prison personnel, or other similar occupation †Jail/prison, long-term care facility or nursing home, university, or other similar setting
If you have respiratory illness symptoms but do not fit into the categories above, you should do the same thing we should always do when we are sick:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface. Follow all manufacturers instructions (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.)
Diluted household bleach - mix: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with any other cleaner, especially ammonia, vinegar, rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
Alcohol solutions - ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
Other common household disinfectants - retail cleaning products such as wipes and sprays that contain EPA-approved ingredients should be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder-to-kill viruses.
As local social distancing recommendations change, we will provide updates and links to more information here:
March 15, 2020 - AZ Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman Announce Closure Of Arizona Schools
Statewide closure of Arizona schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman will work with education officials and public health officials to reassess the need for the school closures and provide further guidance through March 27, 2020.
CDC guidance recommends the cancellation of non-essential large gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 8 weeks. This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as businesses.
CDC also recommends that individuals older than 60 years of age and those with chronic medical conditions should not attend gatherings of more than 10 people, or be around anyone with symptoms of illness, due to their high risk of severe COVID-19 disease.
If you need assistance finding food, paying house bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, dial 211, search on the homepage of 211Arizona.com or download the 211 Arizona app.
What is the coronavirus disease 2019?
COVID-19 (previously known as 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV), is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
It is part of a larger family of viruses called coronavirus, some of which are in circulation normally and can cause illnesses like the common cold. See the “About the Virus” section of this FAQ for more about this family of viruses. You can learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 at the CDC website.
Has anyone in the United States been infected?
Yes. Monitoring and testing are ongoing across the United States. A current case count table is available on the CDC website.
Am I at risk for COVID-19 infection in the United States?
Currently, risk to the public in Santa Cruz County is low. This is a rapidly-evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date national information.
Should I be tested for COVID-19?
If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from an affected area, you should call ahead to a healthcare provider and mention your recent travel. Public health will work with your healthcare provider to get you tested if recommended.
Individuals who are being monitored by public health will be given specific recommendations to seek care for testing for COVID-19, if needed.
How can I protect myself?
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
What if I recently traveled to an affected area and got sick?
If you were in a place with community spread of COVID-19 and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days after you left that area, you should contact a healthcare provider. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
Still have questions? Find more answers here:
AZ Department of Health Services Frequently Asked Questions
Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention Frequently Asked Questions