The City of Sierra Vista is closely monitoring the national outbreak of the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. The City is working with our public health partners at the Cochise County Health & Social Services, the Arizona Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure that the City is following best practices for public safety and continuation of City services. See FAQs below for information specific to the City of Sierra Vista.
Statewide 2-1-1 COVID-19 Hotline
Arizona has established a statewide hotline to answer questions and provide information about COVID-19. The line is available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day of the week and can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 while an individual is located in Arizona.
To learn how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine, please click the links to review an informational flyer from Cochise County Health and Social Services available in English and in Spanish. For information on COVID-19 vaccinations in Cochise County, go to the Cochise County Health and Social Services COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.
March 5 Update
Cochise County update, as of March 5 (updated daily, as information becomes available):
Total confirmed cases: 11,292
New cases: 19
Number of cases hospitalized (total): 664
Zip code data is no longer available due to the rapid increase of positive cases.
Sierra Vista reinstates order requiring face coverings in public
As the number of COVID-19 cases rises locally and statewide, Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller has reinstated an emergency declaration requiring that people over the age of 10 wear face coverings or shields while in public when physical distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible, effective immediately.
The original emergency declaration took effect on Saturday, June 27, and was suspended on Friday, Sept. 18, based on the declining number of new COVID-19 cases seen in the time that followed. The order was never rescinded so that it could be reinstated in the event cases began to rise significantly again.
“The latest local data shows an increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases in Cochise County and within our community,” Mueller says. “Sierra Vistans have done a great job keeping transmission here relatively low but it’s time that we must once again do more to combat this highly contagious virus.”
Enforcement of this order will focus first on education to promote best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Before any enforcement action is taken, a person shall be notified of the violation and be given an opportunity to comply.
Exceptions to the order
Face coverings are not required:
- When at home.
- When alone in a vehicle or in a vehicle with people you live with.
- When a person is at a commercial establishment for the purposes of eating, drinking, or sleeping.
- When exercising outdoors alone or with people they live with and while using public sports or practice fields.
- While swimming.
- In workspaces not open to the general public.
- For any person who cannot wear a face covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition or developmental disability, or who is unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
- In an emergency situation where the wearing of a face covering is not feasible.
Gov. Ducey announces next phase of COVID-19 protocols
On March 5, after seven weeks of declining COVID-19 cases in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey lifted occupancy limitations for restaurants, gyms, theaters, water parks, bowling alleys, and bars providing dine-in services. Physical distancing and mask protocols will remain in place. The Governor's Executive Orders are available online.
Changing City and business operations to comply with Gov. Ducey's Executive Orders
The City is closely observing and complying to executive orders issued by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. After a short extension, Gov. Ducey lifted the stay at home order, effective May 16. The order allows the opening of facilities in phases, but continues to encourage safe social distancing and healthy hygiene practices. Businesses, institutions, and other operations are permitted to be open to the public providing they are able to ensure physical distancing, hygiene and disinfection, sickness monitoring, and other practices to ensure public safety.
Residents are still encouraged to take care of any business online whenever possible.
See the City's press release archive for more information about the City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
See which local restaurants are offering dine-in services, outdoor seating, take-out, and meal kits.
Please see the FAQs below to learn more about facility closures, what the City is doing during this time, where you can find help, and more.
This web page will continue to be updated with the most current information.