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.
November 25 Update
Cochise County update, as of November 25 (updated Monday, Wednesday, and Friday):
Total confirmed cases: 3,411
Active cases: 1,155
Released from isolation: 2,181
Sierra Vista zip code data, as of November 23 (updated Monday and Friday):
85635: 108 active cases
85650: 55 active cases
85613: 30 active cases
Free COVID-19 Testing
TestNOW from Embry Health is offering free COVID-19 testing at Buena High School on Saturdays and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Oct. 24 through Dec. 20. Sign up for a test online. Learn more.
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 The order was never rescinded so that it could be reinstated in the event cases began to rise significantly again.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 takes further action to reverse COVID-19 spread in Arizona
As part of continued efforts to reverse the trend of COVID-19 spread in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey signed another Executive Order on July 9 limiting the total seating for restaurant patrons to less than 50 percent capacity. This is in addition to a June 26 Executive Order that prohibits large gatherings, ceases the issuance of special event licenses, and pauses the operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks and tubing rentals. The Governor's Executive Orders are available online.
In addition, Governor Ducey announced, in coordination with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, that local leaders will decide when to begin school for in-person learning based on public health benchmarks set by the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services. Schools must conduct distance learning on the first day of their instructional calendar if they choose to delay the start of in-person instruction. Learn more.
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.
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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.