COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

 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.

As of June 18, 2021, Santa Cruz County Health Department and Mariposa Community Health Center, are no longer offering Covid-19 vaccinations at the Nogales Recreation Center.  

Those seeking a vaccine may call Mariposa Community Health Center, or their area 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.

** Moderna Vaccine is available for ages 18 and up. 

** Johnson and Johnson vaccine is available for ages 18 and up.

**Pfizer vaccine is available for ages 12 and up.

For additional information visit the Arizona Department of Health Services

Frequently Asked Questions about the vaccine


How can we trust the vaccine will be safe when its production and distribution are being expedited?

Like all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines must go through a rigorous and multi-step testing and approval process before they can be used. Throughout vaccine development and distribution, there are numerous safety measures. These include:

  1. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes and monitors all clinical trials.
  2. To get an Emergency Use Authorization, developers of a vaccine must provide a large amount of data on its safety and effectiveness to meet the rigorous standards set by the FDA
  3. Independent advisory committees provide oversight and monitor for safety during vaccine development and testing.
  4. Clinical trials for a vaccine continue after EUA is granted until enough data is available to grant full approval

    After a vaccine is authorized for use, multiple safety monitoring systems are in place to watch for possible adverse events. If an unexpected serious adverse event is detected, experts work as quickly as possible to determine whether it is a true safety concern.

What side effects could there be from the vaccine?

According to clinical trial data reviewed by the FDA, the most commonly reported side effects, which typically lasted several days, were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, so it is important for vaccination providers and recipients to expect that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose.

Will I need more than one dose of vaccine?

Yes. The two leading vaccine candidates (Pfizer and Moderna) will require two doses given 3 to 4 weeks apart to provide maximum protection. Your vaccine provider will let you know if you need an additional dose and help provide a way to remind you to return in the right amount of time so you can receive your second dose.

If I get a COVID-19 vaccine, do I still have to take other precautions?

Yes, even if you get vaccinated, we recommend you continue with the other prevention measures you've been doing, such as washing your hands, wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, and limiting gatherings.

How much will it cost to be vaccinated?

There will be no cost to get the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of insurance status. In early December, Gov. Ducey issued an Executive Order that ensures Arizonans can receive the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge for as long as the state's public health emergency declaration is in effect.

Will a vaccine end the pandemic?

No, a vaccine will not end the pandemic by itself. A safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 will be a major breakthrough in preventing COVID-19 infections but needs to be used in combination with other prevention measures until enough people have immunity (either from a vaccine or a past infection). Even after a vaccine is available, it will be necessary to continue with the core COVID-19 safety precautions including limiting activities outside the home, physical distancing, and mask wearing for the foreseeable future as we learn more about how long the protection lasts and as more people become protected through vaccination over time.

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





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.


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.


As of 6/24/2021 Santa Cruz County has had a total of 8,040 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 Cases8,040Cases Recovered5,285
Case Breakdown by Age 
0-191335 (17%)
20-443081 (38%)
45-642474 (31%)
65 and up1141 (14%)
Age Unknown(0.12%)
Total hospitalizations to date: 

Total Number of Deaths180
Deaths by Age
20-443 (1.7%)
45-6444 (24%)
65 and up133 (74.1%)
Age Unknown

Current Cases in Arizona

Updated 6/24/2021

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.

COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, or difficulty breathing. 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.

Public health officials are advising residents that flu and other respiratory diseases are circulating in the community, and are recommending everyone get a flu shot and follow basic prevention guidelines.

If you have recently traveled to an area where COVID-19 is circulating, and have developed fever with cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have 2019 novel coronavirus, please stay home. Most people with COVID-19 develop mild symptoms. If you have mild symptoms, please do not seek medical care, but do stay home and practice social distancing from others in the household where possible. If you do have shortness of breath or more severe symptoms, please call your health care provider to get instructions before arriving.

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 

Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Food Safety Checklist Glove Use Guidance 
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.

Recommendations and Control Measures for Employees Exposed to COVID-19.

  • Contact your local health department for questions in regard to:
  • Potential exposure of COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • If staff have tested positive for COVID-19, they should remain under home isolation precautions for 7 days from specimen collection OR until 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms of acute infection resolve, whichever is longer.
  • If staff have tested negative for COVID-19 and have compatible symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), they should stay home from others until 72 hours after all symptoms of acute infection resolve.
  • If staff have fever with cough or shortness of breath and have not been tested for COVID-19, they should stay home, away from others until 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms for acute infection resolve.
  • If staff have other non-compatible symptoms and have not been tested for COVID-19, they should stay home until 24 hours after all symptoms are gone without the use of medicine.
  • At this time, a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness should not be required to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
  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

Emergency Services

If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

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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

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 
Pandemic Influenza Faith Based  Community Checklist Liberty Utilities COVID-19 Update

Save Our Home AZ – Foreclosure Assistance Keeping Your House Disinfected 

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