Santa Cruz County reported two additional cases of COVID-19 since Friday, May 1st. The 34th case was reported on Saturday, and the City was notified of the 35th case on Monday, May 4th. The 35th case is travel related from Pima County. Thus far, 31 of the 35 reported cases have recovered.
The weekend’s testing blitz across Arizona, increased the number of tests completed by over 10,000. Friday’s testing numbers in Arizona stood at 74,879, and Monday, Arizona Department of Health Services reported 85,253 COVID-19 tests completed. While the total number of cases increased to 8,919, the total percent positive decreased from 10% to 8% (According to azdhs.gov, the percent positive is the number of people with a positive test result, out of all people with COVID-19 testing completed in Arizona). In Santa Cruz County, an additional 21 persons were tested over the weekend. On Friday, Arizona Department of Health Services reported 20 persons tested in Santa Cruz County in the 65 years and older age group; this number increased to 24 persons tested for COVID-19 in that age demographic. There was no change in the total percent positive for Santa Cruz County, which stayed at 10%.
Governor Ducey signed an Executive Order extending the Stay at Home Order through May 15, while easing restrictions on retail businesses. Beginning May 4th retail businesses may sell goods through delivery, window, walk-up, drive-through, drive-up, or curbside delivery. Business are responsible for implementing sanitation and physical distancing measures. This guidance will be expanded on May 8th to allow retailers to sell goods in stores, provided that they establish and implement health protocols and practices as outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order. For Arizona retail guidance to both customers and residents, visit www.azgovernor.gov. The information is available in both English and Spanish. The City of Nogales continues to encourage residents to maintain social distancing, practice good hygiene (such as frequently washing hands), and to wear a cloth mask in public. As the economy is gradually reopened, healthy habits will help to protect each other.
Pending significant changes or developments, this is likely the final press release from the City of Nogales regarding COVID-19. Relevant information, including the number of cases and recoveries in Santa Cruz County will be updated at covid19.nogalesaz.gov. Residents should continue educating themselves on the facts of COVID-19, and its impacts by seeking factual information from reputable sources. A list of such sources is provided below, for reference.
- CDC – CDC.gov/Coronavirus
- Arizona Department of Health Services – AZHealth.gov/COVID-19
- Arizona Governor’s Office – AZGovernor.gov
- Santa Cruz County – SantaCruzCountyAZ.gov/732/COVID-19-Novel-Coronavirus
- City of Nogales – COVID19.NogalesAZ.gov
- Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce – TheNogalesChamber.org/Business-Resources-for-COVID19.html
- Nogales International – NogalesInternational.com/News/Coronavirus