Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Real World Data Shows Vaccination is Highly Effective in Preventing Hospitalization

Since mid-December, when the first Pfizer vaccines reached Arizona, ADHS has been working with our local county health departments and tribes to get the COVID-19 vaccine distributed to vulnerable Arizonans as quickly as possible. Arizonans living in long-term care facilities and those 65 years of age and older were prioritized first […]

By | April 28th, 2021|Preparedness|0 Comments

New CDC guidance on masks provides another reason to get vaccinated

There are many good reasons to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It protects you, your family, your friends, and your community. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today offered another good reason: You no longer need to wear a mask for certain outdoor activities. 

Specifically, the […]

By | April 27th, 2021|Preparedness|0 Comments

Reclassified cases artificially inflate Friday’s dashboard additions

Today, our dashboards will show the addition of approximately 625 cases across three counties (Gila County – 270, Graham County – 142, Navajo County – 213). While these will appear as “new cases” for Friday’s case counts, these represent infections from throughout the pandemic, with 73% of the cases testing positive during […]

By | April 9th, 2021|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona’s Hybrid Prioritization Model for Vaccine Distribution

Since mid-December, when the first Pfizer vaccines reached Arizona, ADHS has been working with our local county health departments and tribes to get the COVID-19 vaccine distributed to vulnerable Arizonans as quickly as possible. To further this goal, Arizona recently adopted a hybrid model prioritizing those at

By | March 18th, 2021|Preparedness|0 Comments

New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Updates

It has been almost a year since ADHS launched our COVID-19 dashboard. Since then, our dashboard has undergone many enhancements and has had new sections added. Our reporting regarding this disease continues to evolve as we collect additional data and learn about which data elements are most useful to understand […]

By | March 17th, 2021|Preparedness|0 Comments

The CDC issues encouraging guidance for fully vaccinated individuals

Over the past few months, you may have heard me call COVID-19 vaccines the light at the end of the tunnel. As more and more Arizonans get the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines, we will start to see life returning to normal. That light is getting brighter […]

By | March 8th, 2021|Preparedness|0 Comments