Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

School Benchmarks Update Highlights State-Counties Partnership

As a mom of young kids attending in-person learning, nothing is more important to me than the health of our kids and the safety of our schools. Close coordination across the public health system and partnering with our education experts is critical to an effective response and safely returning kids […]

By | October 28th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona COVID-19 data trending upward: Don’t let down your guard

Global and national COVID-19 cases have increased over the last several weeks, and now that trend is occurring in Arizona, too. While our state is not currently experiencing a surge to the degree other locations are experiencing right now, we have recently seen a shift of COVID-19 spread in the state […]

By | October 22nd, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Although a COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available, public health professionals across Arizona and around the country are already hard at work laying the groundwork for efficient and inclusive allocation and distribution of the vaccine. We don’t know when and how the vaccine is coming, quite yet. But based on […]

By | October 20th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Don’t let COVID-19 haunt your Halloween

I’m guessing that your children, like mine, have asked the same panicked questions as Oct. 31 approaches: 

Will there be trick-or-treating this Halloween? What about other fun? 

To these kiddos and their parents, I’m pleased to say that trick-or-treating can be done safely, but it’s no time to […]

By | October 16th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Arizona

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we track important outcomes to identify the course of the disease. Hospitalization is one of those metrics that can provide additional information to public health officials to target interventions and identify groups at higher risk for more severe disease.

We track hospitalization […]

By | October 6th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors, including emotional hardships, that can impact the overall health and mental well-being of Arizonans. While measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as physical distancing, are necessary, it has never been more important for us to stay […]

By | September 21st, 2020|Prevention|0 Comments