Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

Cara M. Christ, MD, Director Arizona Department of Health Services

Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal Counties Likely to Meet Moderate Benchmarks for Businesses to Reopen this Thursday

By | August 25th, 2020|Preparedness|

Over the last few months, Arizonans have worked together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. From wearing masks, physically distancing, and limiting congregating ⁠— their efforts have been a success and a model for the country.  This responsible approach has resulted in three of our major counties progressing to the next phase of safely [...]

Updates to Hospital Bed Usage Dashboard

By | August 19th, 2020|Preparedness|

Today we made an update to the Hospital Bed Usage and Availability section of our Data Dashboard to provide more information about how COVID-19 is impacting hospital bed usage in Arizona’s intensive care and inpatient units. Previously, the data we presented provided a picture of the percentage of beds that were occupied and the percentage [...]

New Method for Determining Inpatient and ICU Bed Availability Launched Today

By | June 6th, 2020|Preparedness|

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 to implement preparedness plans, enhance [...]

Breaking Down COVID-19 Case Counts

By | June 1st, 2020|Preparedness|

This morning at nine, we’ll be updating our COVID-19 data dashboard. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be changing how they display data about cases and deaths on their dashboard, and ADHS will be changing ours to reflect this update. On our summary page, we will be breaking out confirmed and [...]

Updated Arizona Specific COVID-19 Models and Projections

By | May 26th, 2020|Preparedness|

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 for hospital beds and ventilators. [...]

Cloth Face Coverings: What You Need To Know

By | May 21st, 2020|Preparedness|

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 speaking, coughing, sneezing -- including by people [...]

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

By | May 18th, 2020|Preparedness|

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 front line of Arizona’s COVID-19 response since [...]

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

By | May 15th, 2020|Preparedness|

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 infected with the virus. [...]

Consejos para ayudar a manejar condiciones de salud crónicas durante el brote de COVID-19

By | May 11th, 2020|covid-19-spanish|

Mientras es posible que cualquier persona sufra de una enfermedad grave por el coronavirus (COVID-19), es fundamental señalar que los grupos de mayor riesgo incluyen personas de 65 años o más, y personas que consumen tabaco o padecen problemas de salud subyacentes como una enfermedad del corazón, diabetes, asma, cáncer u otras enfermedades respiratorias crónicas. [...]

Identifying COVID-19 Deaths in Arizona

By | May 8th, 2020|Preparedness|

Today’s dashboard includes an important update to the COVID-19 data including notable changes related to the identification of COVID-19 deaths in Arizona. Surveillance of deaths is an important component of any communicable disease investigation. This surveillance can provide key information about risk factors and the severity of a disease, especially when dealing with a novel [...]