Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Syndromic Surveillance and COVID-Like Illness

Public health utilizes several surveillance tools to monitor the spread of disease throughout a community. These tools, like case reporting, laboratory reporting, and syndromic surveillance, generate many of the data points that are displayed on our COVID-19 data dashboard. These surveillance tools are also used […]

By | November 9th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

COVID-19 Safety For Our Winter Visitors

The arrival of winter visitors is a welcome indication of cooler days ahead. If you are a returning visitor or discovering our state’s cooler months, welcome! We want you to be safe and healthy while you’re here, and we need your help to protect everyone this winter. With COVID-19 still […]

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

Clarifications Regarding the School Benchmarks

Aside from a child’s home, no other setting has more influence on a child’s health and well-being than their school. Schools provide education instruction, support the development of social and emotional skills, facilitate physical activity, and address nutrition needs. 

On October 22, ADHS released updates to the school benchmarks. […]

By | October 29th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

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