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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.

Arizona’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

By | October 20th, 2020|Preparedness|

Although a COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available, public health professionals across Arizona and around the country are already hard at work laying the groundwork for efficient and inclusive allocation and distribution of the vaccine. We don’t know when and how the vaccine is coming, quite yet. But based on lessons learned with the 2009 [...]

Don’t let COVID-19 haunt your Halloween

By | October 16th, 2020|Preparedness|

I’m guessing that your children, like mine, have asked the same panicked questions as Oct. 31 approaches:  Will there be trick-or-treating this Halloween? What about other fun?  To these kiddos and their parents, I’m pleased to say that trick-or-treating can be done safely, but it’s no time to let down your guard since COVID-19 is [...]

COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Arizona

By | October 6th, 2020|Preparedness|

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we track important outcomes to identify the course of the disease. Hospitalization is one of those metrics that can provide additional information to public health officials to target interventions and identify groups at higher risk for more severe disease. We track hospitalization in several ways:  Using syndromic [...]

COVID-19 Antigen Tests

By | September 17th, 2020|Preparedness|

Over the next couple of days, Arizona will be adding a significantly higher number of cases than our recent average. This is a result of advancements in testing, and includes recently classified positive antigen cases dating back over the previous several months.  In late August, a fourth antigen test was authorized by the Food and [...]

National Preparedness Month – Prepare for Disasters

By | September 15th, 2020|Preparedness|

This is the third week of National Preparedness Month, and this week’s theme is “Prepare for Disasters.” Depending on where you live, you might face a variety of different hazards. Common types of disasters in Arizona include wildfires, flooding, power outages, and severe storms.  Knowing which type of disasters are most likely to affect you [...]

Ready for some football? Have a COVID-19 game plan

By | September 11th, 2020|Preparedness|

The offseason is over, the virtual draft has concluded, and the NFL season has finally kicked off. This weekend, many Arizonans may have plans to enjoy the Cardinals’ opening game against the 49ers. While you’re cheering on our home team, remember you are safer at home. If you do plan to watch the game with [...]

National Preparedness Month – Build a Kit

By | September 8th, 2020|Preparedness|

For week two of National Preparedness Month, we're reminding Arizonans to think about their disaster supplies. This week’s theme is Build a Kit. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is true for practicing healthy behaviors like being active, eating healthy, or getting vaccinated, but it’s [...]

COVID-19 in Arizona Children

By | September 4th, 2020|Preparedness|

Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics released a state data report on Children and COVID-19. The report highlights Arizona as one of eight states with the highest number of  cumulative cases of COVID-19 in children. As the report acknowledges, one significant limitation of the data is how each state defines a ‘child.’ Arizona is one [...]

This Labor Day, Find Your #Quaranteam and Team Up Arizona

By | September 2nd, 2020|Preparedness|

Labor Day is this weekend and many Arizonans may have plans to spend the holiday with family and friends. There are several precautions that you and your family can take to stay safe from COVID-19 and other illnesses. Remember that you are safer at home. But, if you want to spend time with others make [...]

National Preparedness Month – Make a Plan

By | September 1st, 2020|Preparedness|

As 2020 has shown, emergencies and disasters can strike when we least expect. Recent local, national, and international events illustrate the need to be prepared for both known and unexpected threats. In an effort to better prepare individuals, families, and communities, state and federal governments have designated September as National Preparedness Month.  This is a [...]