Preparedness

/Preparedness

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.

Nearly all recent COVID-19 cases in Arizona are in unvaccinated individuals

By | June 18th, 2021|Preparedness|

We continue to educate: Vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19.  The numbers continue to demonstrate this, including a look at cases we shared in a release earlier this week as Arizona reached 3 million people fully vaccinated. Arizona reported 16,910 total COVID-19 cases during May. Out of those, we [...]

Delta variant highlights need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

By | June 16th, 2021|Preparedness|

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classified the so-called Delta variant of COVID-19 — B.1.617.2 — as a variant of concern. This is one of the variants behind India’s devastating outbreaks, and it has become the dominant strain in the United Kingdom.  Its shift from a variant of interest reflects the [...]

Look out for yourself and for others when the mercury soars

By | June 14th, 2021|Preparedness|

Heat can become a serious health issue when the temperature soars – as it’s doing this week. Please look out for yourself and others to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Anyone can fall victim to heat-related illness, but the list of those who are most susceptible includes those 65 and older, infants and young [...]

The CDC provides yet another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine

By | May 13th, 2021|Preparedness|

Today brings more encouraging news for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 -- and another reason for everyone else to get their shot. New guidance from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says fully vaccinated people can resume activities indoors as well as outdoors without wearing a mask or physically distancing. The CDC notes, [...]

2021 Arizona Heat Awareness Week

By | May 10th, 2021|Preparedness|

Brutal summer heat can be more than just unpleasant. If you don’t take precautions, extreme temperatures can cause illness and even death.  That’s why ADHS and the National Weather Service are joining forces to mark Arizona Heat Awareness Week from May 10-14. This is a chance to learn how to protect yourself and others from [...]

Real World Data Shows Vaccination is Highly Effective in Preventing Hospitalization

By | April 28th, 2021|Preparedness|

Since mid-December, when the first Pfizer vaccines reached Arizona, ADHS has been working with our local county health departments and tribes to get the COVID-19 vaccine distributed to vulnerable Arizonans as quickly as possible. Arizonans living in long-term care facilities and those 65 years of age and older were prioritized first for vaccination because of [...]

New CDC guidance on masks provides another reason to get vaccinated

By | April 27th, 2021|Preparedness|

There are many good reasons to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It protects you, your family, your friends, and your community.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today offered another good reason: You no longer need to wear a mask for certain outdoor activities.  Specifically, the CDC’s new guidance allows fully vaccinated individuals [...]

Reclassified cases artificially inflate Friday’s dashboard additions

By | April 9th, 2021|Preparedness|

Today, our dashboards will show the addition of approximately 625 cases across three counties (Gila County - 270, Graham County - 142, Navajo County - 213). While these will appear as “new cases” for Friday’s case counts, these represent infections from throughout the pandemic, with 73% of the cases testing positive during the fall/winter peak [...]

Arizona’s Hybrid Prioritization Model for Vaccine Distribution

By | March 18th, 2021|Preparedness|

Since mid-December, when the first Pfizer vaccines reached Arizona, ADHS has been working with our local county health departments and tribes to get the COVID-19 vaccine distributed to vulnerable Arizonans as quickly as possible. To further this goal, Arizona recently adopted a hybrid model prioritizing those at highest risk due to age and our frontline [...]

New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Updates

By | March 17th, 2021|Preparedness|

It has been almost a year since ADHS launched our COVID-19 dashboard. Since then, our dashboard has undergone many enhancements and has had new sections added. Our reporting regarding this disease continues to evolve as we collect additional data and learn about which data elements are most useful to understand how COVID-19 is impacting Arizonans. [...]