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.

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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We’ve Made Upgrades to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard

By | October 13th, 2021|Preparedness|

Our talented data visualization team launched the ADHS COVID-19 data dashboard over 18 months ago to rapidly share data about the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its launch, the dashboard has received an A-Plus rating from The COVID Tracking Project and undergone several enhancements to add new elements. Today, we’re excited to announce a number of upgrades. [...]

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Arizona Kids: Please Get Creative and Spread the Word About Valley Fever

By | October 7th, 2021|Preparedness|

2020 Grand Prize Winner Valley Fever is rare in most of the country, but not in Arizona. Of the more than 18,400 cases reported nationwide in 2019, more than half, 10,358, were in our state. That’s why, for the fourth year in a row, we’re tapping into the creativity of Arizona kids to [...]

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Urgent CDC Announcement Strongly Recommends Vaccination for Pregnant Women

By | October 5th, 2021|Preparedness|

Waiting on COVID-19 vaccination because you are pregnant creates unnecessary risks for you and for your pregnancy.  That’s the focus of an emergency announcement recently from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It points to low vaccination rates among women who are pregnant, who are trying to become pregnant, and who want to [...]

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There’s a Public Health Role in Creating a Weather-Ready Nation

By | September 29th, 2021|Preparedness|

Many issues related to weather can impact your health. Wildfires spawned by lightning can cause respiratory illnesses from smoke and poor air quality. Flash flooding has led to numerous rescues from vehicles and homes. Last year, extreme heat sent at least 2,414 people to Arizona emergency rooms and contributed to 522 deaths. There are many [...]

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CDC: All COVID-19 Vaccines Provide Substantial Protection Against Hospitalization

By | September 17th, 2021|Preparedness|

A study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that all COVID-19 vaccines being used in the United States provide substantial protection against hospitalization.  News outlets will understandably focus on how the vaccines rank in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): 93% effectiveness against hospitalization for Moderna, 88% [...]

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CDC launches COVID-19 toolkit for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities

By | September 9th, 2021|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a toolkit to help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their caregivers, learn how to guard against COVID-19. The pandemic has posed extra challenges for members of the disabled community. In April, we at ADHS were proud to partner with Ability360, The [...]

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