If you are a patient:
Your health is our highest priority. Protect staff and patients by limiting your visit to yourself. Minor children may go with one parent or guardian for appointments. We require all patients and visitors to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. If you do not have a face covering, one will be provided for you. We also ask that you social distance of at least 6 feet from others whenever possible.
For up to date information on the COVID vaccine, visit pima.gov/covid19vaccine or call (520) 222-0119. We will provide updates as needed with any significant changes to the Pima County distribution plan.
El Rio Health has partnered with the City of Tucson to offer COVID-19 testing at the El Pueblo Community Center (101 W. Irvington Rd. building 9) six days a week. Below are the testing days and times by appointment only.
Please call (520) 670-3909 to schedule an appointment.
Health Center Consolidation Closures
El Rio Health is consolidating some of our locations during the COVID-19 pandemic; HealthOn Broadway and the Birth & Women’s Health Center are closed until further notice. The following El Rio Health Center locations remain open:
Please call (520) 670-3909 for a telehealth visit, updates, or if you need an appointment at an open El Rio Health Center.
Saturday Health Center Closures
Northwest and Cherrybell Health Center are open Monday-Friday during normal business hours, but will be closed on Saturdays until further notice.
El Rio Health locations that are open on Saturdays from 8am – 4pm:
Southeast, Congress, Cherrybell, Northwest and Southwest Dental are open with normal hours (Mon-Fri 7am-6pm). St. Elizabeth’s Dental remains closed.
If you have an appointment scheduled
Please bring and wear a mask or other face covering (bandana, etc.) for your visit. Also, please limit your visit to our health centers to yourself if possible. We also want to remind our patients to practice social distancing when at our health centers. Please keep a 6 foot distance from others whenever possible.
Telehealth & Telephone Visits
If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please reach out to Patient Communications at 520-670-3909.
Here’s what we know
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious. In general, the more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
Symptoms and Severity
Illness can be severe and require hospitalization, but most individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications. These symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure and can include*:
Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.
Emergency warning signs include*:
*These symptoms lists are not all inclusive.
Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
How is COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is spread when a person who has the virus coughs or sneezes and respiratory droplets are inhaled, like the flu or the common cold. It may also be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface where the virus is present and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
Things you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Like the flu or the common cold, COVID-19 is spread person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes and respiratory droplets are inhaled. It may also be possible to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface where the virus is present and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
What should you do if you feel sick
If you feel sick, call us at 520-670-3909 to talk about your symptoms and options. El Rio Health nurses are available 24/7 on our nurse triage phone line. Our team will help you decide if you need to be seen, evaluated or tested. There is not a cure for COVID-19 right now. We can help patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 decide what to do.
We are learning more about COVID-19 every day. El Rio Health is working closely with Pima County Health Department and other agencies. El Rio Health is part of the Pima County Task Force for COVID-19.
Potential Fraud Related to COVID-19
Please be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams. Visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus to learn more and how to stay alert.
Mask Wearing Tips & Care (in English & Spanish)
CDC COVID-19 FAQs (in English & Spanish)
COVID-19 Suspected/Confirmed Handout (in English & Spanish)
Pima County Health Department COVID-19 Website
CDC COVID-19 Website
Cox Communications Connect2Compete Program
Covid-19 Fact Sheets in 3o+ Languages
Arizona COVID-19 Hotline: Dial 2-1-1
Be Alert, Not Anxious!