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.

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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Latest data shows COVID-19 boosters continue making a big difference in Arizona

By | March 30th, 2022|Preparedness|

Following yesterday’s authorization of a second COVID-19 booster dose for ages 50 and older and those with weakened immune systems, new data shows just how much of a difference a booster dose makes. During February, compared to individuals who were fully vaccinated with a booster, unvaccinated people ages 18 and older had: 4.9 times the [...]

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Second COVID-19 booster dose authorized for ages 50 and older, certain others

By | March 29th, 2022|Preparedness|

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized a second booster dose for those ages 50 and older. They also authorized a second booster for those 12 and older who have weakened immune systems. Vaccines are extremely effective at protecting against severe COVID-19 outcomes, but evidence suggests [...]

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Report: Arizona made ‘notable progress’ on public health preparedness

By | March 22nd, 2022|Preparedness|

The past two years have put public health preparedness on center stage as our country grapples with the ongoing pandemic. All the while, we have remained vigilant and prepared for the next unknown challenge facing communities across our state. Public health partners across Arizona have risen to the occasion and have done amazing work responding [...]

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CDC grant funds preparations for extreme weather-related health impacts

By | March 8th, 2022|General|

Few places are as hot during the long, sizzling summer than the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. That heat has an impact on our health; heat-related issues send nearly 3,000 people to an emergency room each year.  A $2 million federal grant to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Extreme Weather and Public Health Program will [...]

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January data makes strong argument for getting that COVID-19 booster dose

By | March 2nd, 2022|Preparedness|

As we offer our first weekly COVID-19 Data Dashboard update, showing a continuing decline in cases and other metrics, I want to call attention to some critically important information in two reports linked atop the dashboard: Booster doses dramatically increase protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant.  Our twice-monthly report on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination [...]

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New CDC mask recommendations draw on local COVID-19 cases, healthcare system impacts

By | February 25th, 2022|Preparedness|

ADHS has consistently followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and today’s updated CDC recommendations on mask use are no exception.  The CDC’s mask recommendations now vary according to a community level that considers COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and COVID-19’s impact on the local healthcare system. The COVID-19 [...]

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FDA gives Moderna COVID-19 vaccine full approval for use in ages 18 and older

By | January 31st, 2022|Preparedness|

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given full approval to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for use in those ages 18 and older.  Moderna joins the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which the FDA gave full approval to last August for use in ages 16 and older. Ages 5 to 15 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine under [...]

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Clear evidence that COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are saving lives

By | January 5th, 2022|Preparedness|

Our latest report on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status offers even more evidence that vaccines are saving lives.  In November, those who weren’t vaccinated were 31.1 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated. They also were 4.9 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19.  This is a big change from [...]

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COVID-19 cases added to dashboard temporarily affected by the New Year’s holiday

By | January 2nd, 2022|Preparedness|

Cases added in today’s COVID-19 data dashboard update are lower than they’d ordinarily be because of the New Year’s holiday. Expect to see higher numbers of cases added in the coming days as the dashboard catches up.  Major holidays are the rare exception when information temporarily slows to the COVID-19 data dashboard.  I wish everyone [...]

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