March 26, 2020: Jeff Terrell, Director of Environmental Health Services said that there are three locations in the county with test kits available. Mariposa Community Health Center, Holy Cross Hospital and Nextcare Urgent Care. The county is looking for more tests and there is a nationwide shortage. They are planning to set up a drive through testing site, as has been done in other cities around the country, but there is no timeline for when it will be ready. In the meantime, he said, everyone should be practicing the recommendations of washing hands, wiping areas more frequently and social distancing.
April 3, 2020 Fourth Confirmed Case in SCC County
March 25,2020 Second confirmed case in SC County
Santa Cruz County Health Services has received notification of a second (2nd) confirmed case of COVID-19. Santa Cruz County Health Services is currently investigating to identify any close contacts that may have been exposed while the person was infectious. Any individuals who may have been identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly. These individuals will receive recommendation to self-isolate and self-monitor for any fever and respiratory symptoms per CDC guidelines. The case brings the total number of confirmed cases in Santa Cruz County to two (2).
March 24, 2020 March 24, 2020: Gov. Doug Ducey Issues a Proclamation Prohibiting the Closure of Essential Services during the COVID-19 Response. Read the Proclamation here.
March 20, 2020 Santa Cruz County Declares State of Emergency
- “Santa Cruz County Health Services has received confirmation that the presumptive positive COVID- 19 case is now officially confirmed. The investigation is currently ongoing to identify close contact exposures. The individual is currently recovering at home.” Read more
March 21, 2020 County launches webpage for Coronavirus
March 21, 2020 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.
March 20, 2020 Governer Ducey announces public school closures extended until April 10
March 20, 2020
Updates from the County
By Marion Vendituoli
Results from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to confirm the one presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Santa Cruz County should be available by the next meeting of the Santa Cruz County (SCC) Board of Supervisors on Monday, March 23, according to District 3 Supervisor Bruce Bracker. If, as suspected, the case is confirmed, the Board will likely vote to declare a countywide state of emergency, which could mandate the closing of restaurants and bars, except for take-out orders, as well as the closing of movie theatres and gyms.
Bracker also pointed out that small business disaster loans are now available in all counties in the state. Previously, he said, this was only available to the northern counties of Arizona. Bracker recommended that residents visit www.santacruzcountyaz.gov for information related to the county’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
Executive actions taken by Gov. Doug Ducey, as of March 19, also include the halting of all elective surgeries in order to free up medical resources, and the delaying of expiration dates on AZ driver licenses for all residents over the age of 65, so that this more vulnerable population will not need to visit the DMV during this crisis.
Ducey has also called up the National Guard to help in the distribution of food from warehouses to food stores and to food banks. “Across the board, the food chain supply has been challenged,” said Ray Sayre, Director of Emergency Management for Santa Cruz County. He pointed out that there is no shortage of food items in the warehouse, but that empty shelves at local stores are due to people buying more than they need. “There’s no reason to buy 1000 roles of toilet paper,” he said. “Buy what you need.”
He also said that, due to the shutting the border, which will go into effect Saturday morning, many residents of Sonora have been flooding stores in Nogales to stock up.
Sayer emphasized that rumors that the National Guard was being deployed to establish martial law are false rumors being spread on social media. “We’re getting swamped by rumors and fake sites,” he said. He urged readers to only visit trusted sites for coronavirus information, as fake websites are popping up that contain computer viruses. He recommended the Arizona Emergency Information Network, which can be found at www.ein.az.gov, and to follow the CDC website, www.cdc.gov.
The Border between the US-Mexico will close for all non-essential travel. This will go in effect on Saturday March 21st. This does not affect lawful trade. Essential travel includes individuals traveling for medical purposes, attending school or engaged in trade. As of now the CDC has called for a complete ban of all people trying to cross the border without proper documentations. Migrants will be immediately returned to Mexico or other countries.
March 20, 2020: Santa Cruz County Health Services Director Jeff Terrell confirmed that there is one presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Santa Cruz County. On the advice of the County Attorney, they are not releasing information about the location or residence of the patient, but he did confirm that the patient is a resident of Santa Cruz County. There are no other presumptive or confirmed cases in the county at this time.
Note: “According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a presumptive positive result is when a patient has tested positive by a local public health laboratory, but results are still pending confirmation at a CDC lab.”
March 19, 2020 First Case of Coronavirus in Santa Cruz County – Read more
The Arizona Poison Control System is available to answer questions about COVID-19 from Arizona providers (for testing, patient guidance) and the general public (for testing, isolation, quarantine): 1-844-542-8201