Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

This Labor Day, Find Your #Quaranteam and Team Up Arizona

By | September 2nd, 2020|Preparedness|

Labor Day is this weekend and many Arizonans may have plans to spend the holiday with family and friends. There are several precautions that you and your family can take to stay safe from COVID-19 and other illnesses. Remember that you are safer at home. But, if you want to spend time with others make [...]

National Preparedness Month – Make a Plan

By | September 1st, 2020|Preparedness|

As 2020 has shown, emergencies and disasters can strike when we least expect. Recent local, national, and international events illustrate the need to be prepared for both known and unexpected threats. In an effort to better prepare individuals, families, and communities, state and federal governments have designated September as National Preparedness Month.  This is a [...]

Positive News for AZ Counties in the Moderate Transmission Level, Moving into Next Phase of Safely Reopening

By | August 27th, 2020|Preparedness|

Today’s Business Dashboard update has positive news that extends beyond the state’s most-populous counties -- Maricopa and Pima -- moving to the next phase of safely resuming certain business operations with enhanced mitigation measures. As of today, a total of 8 counties, Apache, Cochise, Coconino, La Paz, Maricopa, Navajo, Pima, and Yavapai, are in the [...]

Public Health Continues to Expand Access to Testing for All Arizonans

By | August 26th, 2020|Preparedness|

Over the last several months, ADHS has worked with partners in local public health, healthcare, and community organizations to expand access to community-based COVID-19 testing across the state so that anyone who needs or wants a test can get one. We are currently evaluating existing testing locations and their coverage areas to identify gaps in [...]

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 [...]