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Items in the Preparedness category will cover everything from Emergency Medical Services to vaccination programs. This division at ADHS tracks contagious disease, coordinates emergency preparedness activity, licenses EMTs and Paramedics, regulates ambulance companies, authorizes special hospital designations like cardiac care center and Level IV trauma center, issues birth and death certificates, and tracks critical health data through various sources including hospital discharge information.

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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Need COVID-19 vaccination but can’t leave home? Programs will bring it to you

By | August 8th, 2022|Preparedness|

Being unable to leave your home shouldn’t be a barrier to getting vaccinated against COVID-19 or updating your protection through a booster dose thanks to programs offered by ADHS and others. Complementing programs offered by the Maricopa Department of Public Health and the Pima County Health Department, ADHS Office of Health Equity provides in-home vaccination [...]

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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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Protecting our children from lead

By | July 28th, 2022|Preparedness|

Many people wrongly believe that because much of the housing in Arizona was built after lead-based paint was banned in 1978, lead poisoning is not a concern in our state. It's important to know there are several sources of lead in the environment beyond lead-based paint. Here’s a real-world example: A 1-year-old child in Arizona [...]

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Biomedical Research Centre at ADHS supports health research statewide

By | July 25th, 2022|Preparedness|

The Arizona Biomedical Research Centre (ABRC) within ADHS was created to use tobacco taxes and Arizona State Lottery proceeds to identify and support innovative biomedical research that improves the health of all Arizonans. Its outreach includes workshops and other educational activities across Arizona. For the seventh year, ARBC this summer supported an educational series to [...]

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To stay safe amid extreme temperatures, know the signs of heat-related illness

By | July 22nd, 2022|Preparedness|

Most Arizonans, especially those who have lived in our beautiful state for more than one summer, already know the precautions when temperatures are extreme, such as drinking plenty of water and protecting yourself  from the sun.  Knowing all of that, anyone who ventures outside at this time of the year still faces the risk of [...]

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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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National Tracking Awareness Week: Helping inform critical public health decisions

By | July 15th, 2022|General, Preparedness|

This is National Tracking Awareness Week, which highlights the work of environmental public health tracking programs in Arizona and elsewhere.  Tracking efforts include monitoring community health, identifying communities at risk, supporting epidemiological studies, educating the community, informing local planners, and providing input to health policy decisions. That’s no small task, and it’s a big part [...]

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It’s hot out there. Drink plenty of water to stay healthy

By | July 14th, 2022|Preparedness|

It should go without saying that during the hottest time of the year, in one of the hottest states in the country, it’s important to stay hydrated. But how much water and other fluids do you need when temperatures are extreme? The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined an adequate daily fluid [...]

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