GVR COVID-19 Information

The Arizona Department of Health Services states that people over age 65 or with serious underlying health conditions should avoid using pools and fitness centers at this time. Citing over-loaded hospitals, the Pima County Department of Health requests that all Pima County residents stay home whenever possible and avoid all gatherings with people outside their household.

Masks Required at GVR

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Covid-19 Updates:


Pima County has begun phase 1B, and there is good news for Green Valley. The Pima County Health Department is moving at a speedy pace to implement an effective system for delivering vaccines across the county. Click HERE for a summary of a Health Department press conference and a GVC taskforce meeting earlier this week.


Vaccination Information

Arizona residents age 75 and older have been added to phase 1B of the Covid vaccination schedule. Currently, the vaccination schedule is in phase 1A, wherein health care workers, EMS workers, and the residents and staff of long-term care facilities are receiving vaccines. Phase 1B is expected to begin in the coming weeks. At this time, the Pima County Health Department hopes to complete phase 1B by the end of March.

To schedule a vaccine, residents must register online HERE, using a laptop or desktop computer. You may set up an account in advance, then log in when your phase has begun to choose a vaccine clinic location and make an appointment.

Click HERE for Pima County’s Covid-19 Vaccine Information page.

GVR staff have reached out to the Pima County Vaccine Team for more information. If/when we receive that information GVR will notify members here, in the weekly eblast, and on the GVR Facebook page which you can follow, HERE.


Covid-19 update:

Community spread remains high and Pima County hospitals continue to report high occupancy, nearing, and at times, at capacity. However, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) recently announced that the benchmarks previously used to authorize business activities (including fitness centers and theatres) will no longer influence operating decisions. At this time, the ADHS and Governor Ducey indicate that they have no intention of closing businesses or further restricting how businesses operate.

GVR staff reviewed the safety and sanitization protocols in place and identified actions that could be taken to improve our already substantial efforts to provide recreation options to the membership in the safest possible way.

  • Additional HEPA filters will be installed in various locations
  • Custodial staff will use UV sanitizers to clean some rooms between user groups
  • Staffing presence will increase where classes and meetings are planned

What members can expect:

Reservation times will be observed. Rooms will not be available before reserved times. With chemical and UV sanitization occurring, it is no longer safe to be flexible on this matter.

The Center Operations Assistants and (new) Center Services Assistants will be checking in on classes, meetings, and activities frequently. Members and instructors can expect strict enforcement of social distancing and mask rules. Please choose to participate with this in mind, and cooperate cordially with any necessary reminders.

Health authorities in Pima County urge residents to stay home outside of essential business. All health authorities continue to recommend that those over age 65 and those with underlying medical conditions, limit their public exposure and avoid pools and fitness centers.

GVR asks that members review the CDC’s guidance for traveling, posted HERE.

Members are encouraged to sign up for public health advisories from Pima County Emergency Management, HERE.

Free testing for Covid-19 is being now in Tucson. Click HERE for more information.

Recent reported incidents of known cases of COVID-19 on the GVR campus

This information is intended to supplement the Pima County Contact-Tracing Program. This is not a count of cases; often, one individual is involved in multiple incidents listed below. If you were potentially exposed to one of the following cases, please refrain from using GVR facilities (and consider self-quarantine) until you have consulted with a health professional. If you become ill with COVID-19, PLEASE report your campus activities to hotline@gvrec.org as soon as possible, so we may alert others. GVR will not share the names of any involved person unless so compelled by health authorities.

Date Time Location/Notes
March 1 1:30pm Santa Rita Springs fitness

By exercising caution, the Green Valley community escaped significant infection rates throughout the summer and early fall. Now, as travelers arrive and activity increases, and we all grow weary of precautions, cases are appearing on the campus.

Please consider self-quarantining for fourteen days after travel. The CDC states: “You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions…pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus.”  GVR staff are required to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning from travel.


All health authorities advise that those at risk of significant illness—those over age 65 and those with underlying health concerns—limit their public exposure.

When someone tests positive for COVID-19, the ordering doctor or lab shares the test results with public health officials so they can begin a case investigation. An investigator may call the person who tested positive for COVID-19 to collect information about their illness and to discuss anyone they spent time with (their “contacts”). Once a person has identified their contacts, contact tracers will notify contacts of their exposure to COVID-19. Public health case investigators and contact tracers will NEVER release the name of the person who tested positive for COVID-19, or leave a voicemail with sensitive information about exposure to COVID-19.

If you get a call from “AZ HEALTH” (602) 675-8558, or your local health department, PLEASE answer the call. During tracing calls, contacts are asked if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, and if symptoms are reported, public health will provide recommendations and additional follow-up.

Click HERE to visit the CDC COVID-19 Contact Tracing workflow page.

Steps GVR is taking to protect the members, staff, and wider community: 

  • All staff are screened for symptoms at the beginning of their shift.
  • Social distancing is required at all times outside of brief moments in swim lanes and passageways
  • Properly-worn masks are required with few exceptions outdoors, and zero exceptions indoors (read the full mask policy HERE)
  • Occupancy limits have been sharply reduced in most spaces
  • High-risk shared fixtures and resources have been taken off-line (drinking fountains, showers, coffee service, etc.)
  • Sanitization procedures have intensified, both in frequency and scope
  • Guests are not currently permitted
  • Socials and partner dancing have been suspended
  • Spaces that are available for classes, meetings, and presentations are pre-set with limited seating six feet apart, so that staff can focus on sanitizing spaces instead of resetting them to group specifications
  • Clubs with dedicated spaces have worked with staff to develop protocols to ensure the above rules are enforced, and also to ensure frequent sanitization occurs