Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Unvaccinated 17.5 times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19

Rates of COVID-19 OutcomesThere’s an important addition in today’s update on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status: During November, unvaccinated people were 17.5 times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated. 

Hospitalization data provides a deeper look at the numbers in this twice-monthly report posted […]

By | January 19th, 2022|Preparedness|0 Comments

As COVID-19 cases rise, please help keep ERs open for emergencies

ERs are for emergenciesWith the Omicron variant spreading rapidly, Arizona has seen more COVID-19 cases in the past week than any other week of the pandemic. Alongside this increase, we’ve seen more people seeking care in hospital emergency rooms and more people seeking COVID-19 testing. 

Both of these are […]

By | January 14th, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on As COVID-19 cases rise, please help keep ERs open for emergencies

CDC report looks at risk factors in COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated

CDC ReportsA new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has important findings about COVID-19 breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated individuals:

  1. It’s extremely rare for a breakthrough case to lead to severe outcomes.
  2. When […]
By | January 11th, 2022|Prevention|Comments Off on CDC report looks at risk factors in COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated

ADHS launches ‘Count the Kicks’ to improve birth outcomes

How excited did you feel the first time you felt your baby move? What begins like a small flutter in the early stages of pregnancy often progresses to full blown kicks (and punches!) by the third trimester. While it can be great fun for parents to feel or see their […]

By | January 6th, 2022|Prevention|Comments Off on ADHS launches ‘Count the Kicks’ to improve birth outcomes

Clear evidence that COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are saving lives

Vaccination benefitsOur latest report on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status offers even more evidence that vaccines are saving lives. 

In November, those who weren’t vaccinated were 31.1 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated. They also were 4.9 times more likely to test positive […]

By | January 5th, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Clear evidence that COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are saving lives

8.7 million reasons why it’s safe and smart to vaccinate young kids against COVID-19

Vaccines safe for kidsA recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has 8.7 million reasons why it’s safe and smart to vaccinate kids ages 5 to 11 against COVID-19. 

Building on extensive trials that found no serious vaccination-related events, this […]

By | January 4th, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on 8.7 million reasons why it’s safe and smart to vaccinate young kids against COVID-19