COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Covid-19 "Booster" vaccines:

COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People

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.


New Mask Guidance poster July 28

Guidance for schools and families when a student has been exposed to someone with Covid-19

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:

 Criteria 1

  • At least 10 days have passed since they were exposed to COVID-19; AND
  • Remain symptom free for that 10-day period.

Criteria 2

  • At least 7 days have passed since they were exposed to COVID-19; AND
  • Your child tests negative for COVID-19 at least five days after the above date; AND
  • Your child has been symptom free for that seven-day period.

 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.

 COVID-19 Vaccine 

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.

Those seeking a vaccine may call their local health care provider, health center, clinic, or pharmacy for information on scheduling a vaccine appointment.  Currently, the following vaccines are available in the county, but providers may not carry each type.  Please call your preferred provider to find out.  **Click on the vaccine brands to learn more about each one.

Vaccine Brand NameWho Can Get this VaccineHow Many Shots You Will NeedWhen Are You Fully Vaccinated?
Pfizer-BioNTechPeople 12 years and older2 shots Given 3 weeks (21 days) apart2 weeks after your second shot
ModernaPeople 18 years and older2 shots Given 4 weeks (28 days) apart

2 weeks after your second shot


Johnson & Johnson’s JanssenPeople 18 years and older1 shot2 weeks after your shot


For additional information visit the Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccine Record Request Form

Frequently Asked Questions about the vaccine

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-safeCDC’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:

 Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC 

Santa Cruz County Health Department

Covid-19 Testing

 

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!!  

WALK-INS WELCOME

APPOINTMENTS APPRECIATED.

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.   

****Additional Information:

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:

  1. Vaccinated and Non Vaccinated people who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. Non-Vaccinated people who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
  3. Vaccinated people who are symptomatic and have been exposed to a person positive for Covid-19.
  4. People who have been advised to get tested by their healthcare provider, or health department.

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

Local pharmacies.


COVID-19 CASE COUNT INFORMATION UPDATE 

As of 9/20/2021 Santa Cruz County has had a total of 8,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Community transmission is present in Santa Cruz County.  Please take adequate precautions if you leave your home and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Arizona level of community COVID-19 spread –Widespread

Arizona Community Risk -Increasing with some areas of heightened risk.

Current Santa Cruz County COVID-19 Case Information


Total Cases8,689Cases Recovered5,651
Gender
Female4,669Male4,015Unknown5
Case Breakdown by Age 
0-191532 (17%)
20-443330 (39%)
45-642605 (30%)
65 and up1206 (14%)
Age Unknown16 (0.12%)
Total hospitalizations to date: 
597


Total Number of Deaths188
Deaths by Age
0-19
20-448 (3.2%)
45-6444 (24%)
65 and up136 (72.8%)
Age Unknown

Current Cases in Arizona

Updated 9/20/2021

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:

  • Get tested with a viral test3-5 days after travel.
    1. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

After travel information for unvaccinated people:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
    1. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    2. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Help Control the Spread of COVID-19

  • 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 containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


Re-Opening Guidance 

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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 Small Business Relief Fund

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

COVID-19 Hotline

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.

Call 1-844-542-8201 to reach a health care professional.

Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger — Amending the Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected Order

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:

  • Testing availability and frequency will be ramped up,
  • Tracking of key health metrics such as reported symptomatic cases and emergency room usage will be implemented,
  • Surge hospital capacity will be stood up and used as needed,
  • Statewide contact tracing will be expanded,
  • Supply chains for PPE for frontline medical workers and emergency responders will be bolstered,
  • Enhanced safety protocols to protect those living and working in high-risk facilities such as nursing homes will be implemented,
  • Additional public health guidance for businesses and individuals to ensure continued physical distancing will be provided.

“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.

Prevent and Reduce Transmission Among Employees

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

  1. Employees who have symptoms should notify their supervisor and stay home. CDC recommends testing for people with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and for all close contacts of persons with COVID-19.
  2. Employees who are sick with COVID-19 should isolate and follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees who are asymptomatic (have no symptoms) or pre-symptomatic (not yet showing symptoms) but have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection should also isolate and follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers.
  3. Employees who are well but who have a sick household member with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC-recommended precautions.
  4. Employers are encouraged to implement flexible, non-punitive paid sick leave and supportive policies and practices as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent and reduce transmission among employees. Some employees may be eligible to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) external iconor the Families First Coronavirus Response Actexternal icon.
  1. Business and Community Guidance
  2. Testing Questions
  3. Protect Yourself
  4. Resources
  5. Press Releases
  6. COVID-19 FAQ
  7. Printable Materials

Rental Assistance

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

Rental Assistance Application Page


Arizona is here for you #AZTOGETHER

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 publicassistance@az.gov.

Emergency Services

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.

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How to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits RELIEF AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT 
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Small Business Administration Hotline 1-800-659-2955

Community Guidance

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 
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