Santa Cruz County reported 33 total cases of COVID-19. No new cases were identified in Santa Cruz County. 31 of the 33 reported cases have recovered. An addition of 2 new tests were reported to Santa Cruz County, bringing the number of completed COVID-19 tests up to 234. In Santa Cruz County, 10% of COVID-19 tests have been positive. 118 of the 234 tests have been administered to persons between the ages of 20-44. Persons over the age of 65 account for 20 tests, the lowest amount for any age group. The CDC has defined the 65 years and over age group as a vulnerable population. The Arizona Department of Health Services is launching a testing blitz for anyone who feels they have been exposed to or infected with COVID-19. There are 30 test sites across Arizona that will be open for testing this weekend. No testing sites are located in Santa Cruz County. The nearest sites are in Tucson. Residents should visit www.azhealth.gov/testingblitz for more information. Additional testing blitzes are likely to occur throughout the month of May.
The City of Nogales is assisting those financially impacted by COVID-19. The City recognizes that COVID-19 has a disproportionate effect, both financially and socially, on low-income households. To focus support to our vulnerable, low-income neighbors in Santa Cruz County, the Nogales Housing Authority is providing a 5-point preference for households financially impacted by COVID-19. The preference expires on December 31, 2020. To qualify for the preference, applicants must have been financially impacted because of COVID-19 (Examples of financial hardships include, but are not limited to, lowered wages and lost employment.). Financial hardship must have occurred on or after March 11, 2020 and on or before December 31, 2020. Applicants are responsible for providing verification of the financial hardship to the Nogales Housing Authority. Applications are available in both English and Spanish online at www.nogalesaz.gov/departments/housing-authority/housing-department or at the Nogales Housing Authority office at 951 N. Kitchen Street. Pre-applications are accepted in person at the Nogales Housing Authority office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Applicants who require a reasonable accommodation may contact the Nogales Housing Authority. With City offices currently limiting public access, the best way to contact the Nogales Housing Authority is by calling 520-287-4183 during normal business hours.