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.

Seniors: Make sure your protection is up to date with a COVID-19 booster shot

By | May 2nd, 2022|Preparedness|

I recently had the privilege of joining an AARP Arizona virtual town hall to discuss COVID-19 vaccines and, more importantly, why seniors should update their protection by following booster recommendations.  Cases and deaths in Arizona have dropped significantly since the January peak, but COVID-19 is still active and infecting people. A large percentage of seniors [...]

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Antivirals are increasingly available to complement COVID-19 vaccination

By | April 26th, 2022|Preparedness|

Though cases are down dramatically from the January spike driven by the Omicron variant, COVID-19 remains with us. Vaccines and boosters continue to offer robust protection against severe outcomes, and I want to call attention once again to the availability of antiviral treatments. Initially reserved for the most vulnerable because of limited supplies, the antiviral [...]

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Survey information on in-patient, ICU bed use added to COVID-19 Data Dashboard

By | April 13th, 2022|Preparedness|

I shared last week how the end of the state’s COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency changes what our COVID-19 Data Dashboard carries for hospital-reported data. A surveillance order through which some of this information was reported to ADHS is no longer in effect.  As a result, the dashboard entries for Hospital COVID-19 Specific Metrics, and Ventilator [...]

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Talk. Test. Treat: Slowing the spread of sexually transmitted infections

By | April 12th, 2022|Preparedness|

In just the past 22 years, the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Arizona has more than tripled, with more than half of all cases affecting those 25 and younger. During STI Awareness Week, I’m calling attention to three critical steps: Talk. Test. Treat. All three can help protect your health and your partner’s [...]

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AZ Hires Vets: ADHS is part of Governor Ducey’s effort to employ more veterans

By | April 11th, 2022|General|

After nearly 27 years in the U.S. Air Force, Teresa Ehnert was looking for a new career that would allow her to use the skills and values she developed in the military. She found it in the Arizona Department of Health Services. “I love working for the state of Arizona because they exemplify things I [...]

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End of COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency means changes for three dashboard entries

By | April 7th, 2022|Preparedness|

The end of the state’s COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency means changes to three entries on our weekly COVID-19 Data Dashboard that have relied on information reported by hospitals.  Starting with this week’s update, the graphs under Hospital Bed Usage and Availability, Hospital COVID-19 Specific Metrics, and Ventilator Usage and Availability will no longer be updated. [...]

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National Public Health Week: Arizona State Hospital provides highest level of behavioral health care

By | April 6th, 2022|General|

For more than two years, Arizonans have associated ADHS most with the state’s COVID-19 response. That makes perfect sense, as the global pandemic has required an all-hands-on-deck approach.  While that commitment is unchanged, we’d like to take time over the coming months, and starting with National Public Health Week, to highlight other things ADHS does [...]

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National Public Health Week: Numbers only begin to tell the story of our COVID-19 response

By | April 5th, 2022|Preparedness|

It’s impossible to mark National Public Health Week without acknowledging the efforts of the ADHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past 27 months, hundreds of public health professionals across all ADHS programs have spent more than 250,000 hours supporting our health emergency operations center, our partners, and all of Arizona. Here are just [...]

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National Public Health Week: Supporting health equity, well-being in Arizona

By | April 4th, 2022|General|

The past two years have shown us that public health is critical. That’s one reason why we at ADHS are excited to mark National Public Health Week and to have Governor Doug Ducey commemorate this week by proclamation. Public health is more than a single topic; it’s countless issues and practices that help every American [...]

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Our work continues

By | March 31st, 2022|Preparedness|

Governor Ducey, at the recommendation of ADHS, has terminated the state’s COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency. His announcement makes clear, however, that public health’s response to COVID-19 will continue.  Jessica Rigler, our assistant director for public health preparedness, put it this way during a recent ADHS virtual town hall on COVID-19 vaccines for children:  “Public health [...]

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