Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

New Method for Determining Inpatient and ICU Bed Availability Launched Today

Throughout the COVID-19 response, ADHS has partnered with hospitals to ensure Arizona’s healthcare preparedness to address a surge in COVID-19 cases. Early in the outbreak, Governor Ducey issued executive orders to support healthcare surge capacity, including issuance of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected order, which provided hospitals time […]

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

Updated Arizona Specific COVID-19 Models and Projections

Over the past few months, we have been reviewing projections and models to ensure we have adequate healthcare resources to meet the needs of Arizonans during this pandemic. The news is encouraging: most of the current models continue to show that Arizona’s capacity is sufficient to meet the projected need […]

By | May 26th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Cloth Face Coverings: What You Need To Know

As COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States, the CDC has recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.  Out and about in our communities, many Arizonans are following these recommendations. Studies continue to be published showing how COVID-19 can be spread through […]

By | May 21st, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Thank You to EMS Agencies for Helping Arizona Respond to the COVID-19 Outbreak

May 17-23, 2020, is Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. This year’s theme for EMS Week, “Ready Today, Preparing For Tomorrow” is appropriate given our current statewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic. EMS providers (including EMTs, paramedics, emergency nurses and physicians, 9-1-1 dispatchers, and EMS educators) have been on the […]

By | May 18th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Testing for COVID-19: PCR and Serology (Antibody Testing)

There are now multiple types of COVID-19 tests available, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and serology (antibody testing). Both test types are becoming increasingly available in our communities. The PCR test is a diagnostic test that looks for the presence of viral nucleic acids and tells if a person is currently […]

By | May 15th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments