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.

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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Seniors: Get your COVID-19 vaccine protection up to date

By | July 21st, 2022|Preparedness|

COVID-19 has been especially dangerous for older people throughout the pandemic, but data on the current increase in cases provides even more reason for those in this age group to make sure their vaccines are up to date. Compared to the winter surge driven by the Omicron variant, Arizona has since February seen a greater [...]

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Ten Arizona counties, including Maricopa, have high COVID-19 community levels

By | July 15th, 2022|Preparedness|

Community levels from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have moved up and down in many Arizona counties over the past few weeks. The latest CDC update has 10 counties, including Maricopa, with high COVID-19 community levels. This means masks are recommended for public indoor settings. The other counties with high COVID-19 community [...]

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Here’s what you can do with the BA.5 subvariant establishing itself in Arizona

By | July 13th, 2022|Preparedness|

The Omicron subvariant BA.5 accounts for a rapidly growing share of sequenced cases in Arizona — 53% during the week ending July 2 and likely even higher today. Evidence suggests that this version of the virus that causes COVID-19 is better at eluding immune protection offered by vaccination or previous infection.  It’s understandable to be [...]

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New COVID-19 cases higher in this week’s update due to older reports from new provider

By | July 6th, 2022|Preparedness|

Cases added in this week’s COVID-19 data dashboard update are higher than they’d ordinarily be because we have added older data for a new provider reporting electronically.  The dashboard’s summary page reports new cases reported since last week’s update. That usually includes some COVID-19 cases from tests administered before the previous week. There are quite [...]

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Nine Arizona counties, including Maricopa, now have high COVID-19 community levels

By | July 2nd, 2022|Preparedness|

Updated community levels from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) carry a designation of “high” for nine Arizona counties, including Maricopa. This means masks are recommended for public indoor settings. The other eight counties with high COVID-19 community levels are Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, and Yavapai. Community levels and [...]

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Three Arizona counties have high COVID-19 community levels

By | June 27th, 2022|Preparedness|

Updated community levels from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) carry a designation of “high” for La Paz, Navajo and Apache counties. This means masks are recommended for public indoor settings. Community levels and mitigation recommendations take into account COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and COVID-19’s impact on each county’s health care system. [...]

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