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.

Whether or not it’s called a pandemic, COVID-19 remains an active concern

By | September 20th, 2022|Preparedness|

Is the COVID-19 pandemic over?  That question is getting a lot of attention this week, and it's natural to wonder where ADHS stands. In Arizona, however, we look past terminology to the impact of a virus on the health and wellness of our residents.   There's no question that COVID-19 remains a state, national, and global [...]

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If your provider is waiting for Moderna Omicron booster doses, there’s plenty of Pfizer

By | September 19th, 2022|Preparedness|

I'm pleased that so many Arizonans – better than 50,000 as of last Wednesday – have received COVID-19 Omicron boosters targeting the subvariants that currently dominate. This is the best way to make sure your immune protection is up-to-date, especially if you are older or have a weakened immune system.  One challenge being seen across [...]

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We’ve improved our monthly report on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status

By | September 7th, 2022|Preparedness|

For months, our report detailing COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status has provided a telling look at the benefits of getting vaccinated.  Now we've updated this monthly report to look at outcomes for those who are up-to-date for all recommended COVID-19 vaccinations, including recommended booster doses, and those who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination [...]

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Booster targeting latest variants are especially important for older Arizonans

By | September 2nd, 2022|Preparedness|

Even with COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths declining in recent weeks, it's an inescapable fact that older individuals remain at greatest risk of severe outcomes should they be infected with the current Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.  In the past six months, 81% of Arizona's COVID-19 deaths have been among those 65 and older, while [...]

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Novavax: A new option for first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

By | August 26th, 2022|Preparedness|

I hope you are among the millions of Arizonans benefiting from the safe and highly effective protection offered by COVID-19 vaccines. With COVID-19 still active in our state, these vaccines and booster doses have been doing a very good job of reducing the chances of severe illness, hospitalization, and death. And on top of that, [...]

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Smoking cessation PSAs nominated for Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards

By | August 18th, 2022|Prevention|

The greatest reward for our Arizona Smokers Helpline (ASHLine) is when someone decides to live their best life free from dependence on nicotine. But it’s always nice to see recognition for the high-quality messaging that helps power this effort.  Three public services announcements produced for ASHLine campaigns were nominated this week for Rocky Mountain Emmy [...]

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Bureau of Vital Records technology benefits Arizonans and our COVID-19 response

By | August 16th, 2022|General|

While public health is in the business of helping people live healthier lives, ADHS also provides a critical service to families by processing and issuing death certificates.  It’s a mission our Bureau of Vital Records takes very seriously and does very well. We know a death certificate is essential for closing out the affairs of [...]

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What you need to know about updated CDC guidance on COVID-19

By | August 12th, 2022|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its COVID-19 guidance to focus on reducing the risk of severe illness and, in doing so, minimizing strain on the health care system.  Perhaps the most notable change is eliminating the recommendation that someone isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who [...]

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‘Show me the data’: Our monthly update on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status

By | August 3rd, 2022|Preparedness|

“Show me the data.”  That’s a phrase I hear quite a bit from ADHS epidemiologists, and with good reason: Numbers may be a little difficult to follow sometimes, but they tell a story and they don’t lie.  That’s why our epidemiologists update a report every month showing COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status, including the update [...]

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Official population estimates help inform public health actions

By | July 26th, 2022|General|

From a public health perspective, it matters that 9,562 people live in Greenlee County, and that 1 in every 5 Arizonans lives in an unincorporated area. It’s important that health leaders know how many people in Yavapai County are 50 or older, and what the ethnic makeup is for Gila County. That’s why it’s so [...]

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