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.

An appeal from our medical community: ‘Help us help you’

By | November 26th, 2021|Preparedness|

This week, hospital medical leaders and I joined Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th U.S. Surgeon General and special adviser to Governor Ducey on public health emergency preparedness, to share ways we can work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. Hospitals are stretched thin dealing with seriously ill unvaccinated patients, while attending to [...]

COVID-19 was Arizona’s third-leading cause of death in 2020; see ADHS annual report

By | November 16th, 2021|Preparedness|

Any death from COVID-19 is one too many. As public health professionals and public servants, we want Arizonans to have the information they need to protect themselves, including the facts on COVID-19’s death toll. One of our core functions at ADHS is providing data and systematic analysis, based on generally accepted standards for accuracy and [...]

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Increase in COVID-19 cases drives home the need to continue mitigation

By | November 9th, 2021|Preparedness|

After nearly two years, I don’t blame anyone for feeling done with the COVID-19 pandemic. The unfortunate truth, however, is the pandemic isn’t done with us.  Recent case numbers bear this out. After coming down steadily after a peak in mid-August, cases statewide have increased from 14,511 in the week of Oct. 10 to 17,299 [...]

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Parents: Get your questions answered about COVID-19 vaccination

By | November 4th, 2021|Preparedness|

Nothing is more precious than our children, so I understand why many parents will have questions about kids and COVID-19 vaccination.  That’s why ADHS has enlisted medical and public health experts to answer parents’ questions in a town hall-style video we plan to make available Wednesday, Nov. 17, on our social media channels and through [...]

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COVID-19 vaccination and school/childcare attendance: Your questions answered

By | November 3rd, 2021|Prevention|

A common question that has come up as the CDC has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the COVID vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is related to vaccine requirements for school and childcare attendance. Given the interest, I thought it would be timely to provide the details about how and why a vaccine [...]

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Phoenix New Times Recognizes Team Effort Behind State Farm Stadium Vaccination Site

By | October 27th, 2021|Preparedness|

I’m delighted to see Phoenix New Times honor vaccine distribution at State Farm Stadium as Best Team Effort in its Best of Phoenix 2021 edition.  Arizona came together in January 2021, when Governor Doug Ducey and former ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ worked with the Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, [...]

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Data-processing issue will affect COVID-19 dashboard updates for a few days

By | October 25th, 2021|Preparedness|

Numbers added to our COVID-19 Data Dashboard normally are lower coming out of the weekend. But today’s were extremely low even for a Monday, with just 150 cases added. We’ve learned that this was because of a data-processing problem over the weekend that was corrected on Monday morning but likely will affect numbers through midweek.  [...]

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CDC Report Reinforces Safety of All COVID-19 Vaccines Available in Arizona

By | October 22nd, 2021|Preparedness|

A report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adds to the evidence supporting the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. The study in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found no increased risk for non-COVID-19 death among 6.4 million vaccinated individuals compared to 4.6 million unvaccinated individuals. This did not change [...]

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Coming for Ages 5-11: Here’s What You Need to Know

By | October 20th, 2021|Preparedness|

Nearly all Arizona children ages 5 to 11 are vaccinated against measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, rubella, mumps, polio, and other diseases that have been eliminated or all but eliminated thanks to modern medicine.  Soon, COVID-19 will become the next disease with a safe and highly effective vaccine available to children in this age group. In [...]

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Much of COVID-19 Data Dashboard Won’t Refresh Oct. 17-18 Due to System Update

By | October 14th, 2021|Preparedness|

I’m grateful that so many people rely on our data dashboard for daily updates on the status of COVID-19 and vaccinations in Arizona. As the dashboard upgrades we made this week show, we are constantly looking for ways to make our data more valuable for all. With that goal in mind, additional system updates we’ll [...]

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