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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.

An appeal from our medical community: ‘Help us help you’

By | November 26th, 2021|Preparedness|

This week, hospital medical leaders and I joined Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th U.S. Surgeon General and special adviser to Governor Ducey on public health emergency preparedness, to share ways we can work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. Hospitals are stretched thin dealing with seriously ill unvaccinated patients, while attending to [...]

It’s a week to get to know more about antibiotics

By | November 23rd, 2021|Preparedness|

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual event that occurs this year from Nov. 18-24 to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to decrease the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibiotics are important tools to help fight bacterial infections and potentially save lives; however, some bacteria may develop resistance to these medications. Antibiotic [...]

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Take steps to keep foodborne illness from spoiling holiday gatherings

By | November 22nd, 2021|Preparedness|

The holiday season that begins on Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s means many things to many people. One thing it means to most of us is food. Meals and appetizers with family and friends help make the holiday season special. But there can be a downside to all that delicious food. If it isn’t [...]

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Arizona needs everyone’s help to flatten the COVID-19 curve

By | November 19th, 2021|Preparedness|

The 5,070 COVID-19 cases added today to the ADHS dashboard don’t have an asterisk. COVID-19 cases are rising.  We can’t say exactly why this increase is happening even before the holiday season, though cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to be largely among unvaccinated people. But we all know how to flatten the curve. That’s why [...]

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COVID-19 was Arizona’s third-leading cause of death in 2020; see ADHS annual report

By | November 16th, 2021|Preparedness|

Any death from COVID-19 is one too many. As public health professionals and public servants, we want Arizonans to have the information they need to protect themselves, including the facts on COVID-19’s death toll. One of our core functions at ADHS is providing data and systematic analysis, based on generally accepted standards for accuracy and [...]

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Cord blood a key to saving lives, treating diseases

By | November 15th, 2021|Preparedness|

A joyous occasion for parents around the world – the birth of a baby – can bring something just as miraculous to patients. Cord blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord after a child is born is helping doctors treat more than 80 life-threatening diseases. The collection process occurs after the baby is [...]

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Addition of 5-11 affects dashboard percentage for ‘eligible people vaccinated’

By | November 10th, 2021|Preparedness|

With the welcome addition of 5- to 11-year-olds to those eligible to receive the safe, free, and highly effective COVID-19 vaccination, starting today you’ll see a short-term decrease in the “Percent of eligible people vaccinated” metric on our Vaccine Administration dashboard.  Previously, this number was calculated by dividing the number of people who have received [...]

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Increase in COVID-19 cases drives home the need to continue mitigation

By | November 9th, 2021|Preparedness|

After nearly two years, I don’t blame anyone for feeling done with the COVID-19 pandemic. The unfortunate truth, however, is the pandemic isn’t done with us.  Recent case numbers bear this out. After coming down steadily after a peak in mid-August, cases statewide have increased from 14,511 in the week of Oct. 10 to 17,299 [...]

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Dr. Carmona: A doctor’s advice on COVID-19 vaccination can save your life

By | November 8th, 2021|General, Preparedness|

Nearly all practicing U.S. doctors – better than 19 out of 20 – had been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of mid-June, the American Medical Association reported. That’s hardly surprising since other vaccines have eliminated or all but eliminated diseases such as polio, mumps, and rubella.  There is so much misinformation flying around these days. It’s [...]

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Parents: Get your questions answered about COVID-19 vaccination

By | November 4th, 2021|Preparedness|

Nothing is more precious than our children, so I understand why many parents will have questions about kids and COVID-19 vaccination.  That’s why ADHS has enlisted medical and public health experts to answer parents’ questions in a town hall-style video we plan to make available Wednesday, Nov. 17, on our social media channels and through [...]

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