Don Herrington

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About Don Herrington

Don Herrington, Interim Director, has been with ADHS since 2000. During this time he has served as the State’s Food Safety Manager, the Office Chief of Environmental Health, Bureau Chief of Epidemiology and Disease Control Services, Acting Assistant Director for Public Health Preparedness, Assistant Director for Public Health Preparedness. Herrington is currently the department’s Deputy Director for Planning and Operations. In this role he oversees policy development, hiring professional and support staff and the department’s budget. During his time in public health, Herrington has served on numerous councils, commissions and committees on behalf of the Director of ADHS, including Chair of the Arizona Sanitarians’ Council, Chair of the Arizona Infection Prevention and Control Advisory Committee, and as one of five voting members of the Arizona Emergency Response Commission.

CDC: All COVID-19 Vaccines Provide Substantial Protection Against Hospitalization

By | September 17th, 2021|Preparedness|

A study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that all COVID-19 vaccines being used in the United States provide substantial protection against hospitalization.  News outlets will understandably focus on how the vaccines rank in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): 93% effectiveness against hospitalization for Moderna, 88% [...]

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CDC launches COVID-19 toolkit for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities

By | September 9th, 2021|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a toolkit to help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their caregivers, learn how to guard against COVID-19. The pandemic has posed extra challenges for members of the disabled community. In April, we at ADHS were proud to partner with Ability360, The [...]

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Passing 19,000 deaths is a somber reminder that COVID-19 is still with us

By | September 8th, 2021|Preparedness|

As of this week, more than 19,000 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19. I grieve for all of them, and for the families and loved ones who endure their loss. Those of us in public health have worked constantly since January 2020 to help Arizonans protect themselves from COVID-19. We take these unfortunate milestones [...]

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CDC report: Getting your COVID-19 vaccination helps protect kids

By | September 3rd, 2021|Preparedness|

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released today offers more evidence that vaccinating as many eligible people as possible against COVID-19 is a critical part of protecting kids from infection and severe illness.  The analysis in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) found that emergency department visits and hospital admissions [...]

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New PSA: COVID-19 vaccinations fueling Arizona’s return to normal life

By | September 2nd, 2021|General, Preparedness|

  The COVID-19 vaccine is the best tool we have to keep us moving forward. Join the millions of Arizonans who have already been fully vaccinated. That's the call to action in a new ADHS public-service announcement you'll see on TV and online. COVID-19 vaccines have brought us a long way. Families and [...]

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Vaccinated or not, take steps to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission

By | September 1st, 2021|Preparedness|

It’s a natural question that we hear regularly: Amid substantial COVID-19 spread, what does ADHS recommend for people going to large events, small gatherings, grocery stores, restaurants, and more?  The answer is simple and no doubt frustrating to many: As much as we all want to be done with COVID-19, the pandemic isn’t done with [...]

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Data-processing issue means much lower COVID-19 numbers today, higher tomorrow

By | August 31st, 2021|Preparedness|

Cases and deaths added today to the ADHS COVID-19 dashboard are far lower than they’d ordinarily be because of a data-processing issue. After days of averaging more than 3,000 cases added to the dashboard, today’s update adds just 822. Meanwhile, the same issue combined with data cleaning means the number of total deaths since the [...]

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As Arizona Passes 1 Million Cases, the Fight Continues Against COVID-19

By | August 27th, 2021|General|

As incoming interim director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, it’s my privilege and solemn responsibility to succeed Dr. Cara Christ, who has so capably led Arizona’s COVID-19 response. I’m honored to be part of the team she has built -- talented professionals working nonstop to promote public health amid a global pandemic.  It’s [...]

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