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.

Contact Tracing can Help Public Health to Slow the Spread of Diseases

By | May 4th, 2020|Preparedness|

Arizona is actively working on several components to ensure the health of our communities as we gradually begin allowing services to resume in our state. One of public health’s core preparedness responsibilities is the ability to trace contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. By increasing testing capacity to identify new cases and having [...]

Expanding Testing of COVID-19 in Arizona

By | April 23rd, 2020|Preparedness|

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has been closely monitoring COVID-19 spread throughout Arizona. As of today, we have had cases confirmed in all 15 counties for a total of 5,769 cases. Our commercial labs, hospital labs, and Arizona State Public Health Laboratory continue to provide diagnostic testing and have performed 58,750 tests to [...]

Arizona Specific COVID-19 Models and Projections

By | April 22nd, 2020|Preparedness|

Since December 2019, when we first heard about cases of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China, the Arizona public health system has been closely monitoring COVID-19 on an international, national, and local level. Mitigating the spread of COVID-19, as well as responding to the impacts of the virus, remains our highest priority. Since our first [...]

New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Released

By | April 20th, 2020|Preparedness|

Today, we released significant enhancements to our COVID-19 dashboard.  The new dashboard includes a number of improvements: Larger graphics, with the ability to drill down through filtering some of the data at a more granular level.    Information about hospitalizations and deaths, as well as information about hospitalized cases in Arizona.  Case counts broken down by [...]

Arizona WIC Services During COVID-19 Outbreak

By | April 16th, 2020|Preparedness, Prevention|

The Arizona WIC Program is continuing to support our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. WIC staff are dedicated to helping make sure that mothers and young children have access to healthy foods, breastfeeding support, and are getting accurate information and appropriate recommendations during this public health situation. The Arizona WIC Program is open and available [...]

New COVID-19 Data Released on our Dashboard

By | April 12th, 2020|Preparedness|

Today we added data to our COVID-19 dashboard that includes additional information about cases and deaths, as well as information about the health of our healthcare system in Arizona. The dashboard now has case counts broken down by zip code and more detailed demographic information about cases and deaths in our state. Data about the [...]

Tips to Help Manage Chronic Health Conditions During COVID-19 Outbreak

By | April 8th, 2020|Preparedness|

While it is possible for anyone to experience severe illness from the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is critical to point out that  the groups at highest risk include individuals who are 65 years and older, and individuals who use tobacco or have underlying health conditions such as a disease of the heart, diabetes, asthma, cancer, or [...]

The Strategic National Stockpile is Key Resource for our COVID-19 Response

By | April 7th, 2020|Preparedness|

In support of our statewide COVID-19 response, our state and local public health preparedness programs are busy receiving and distributing life-saving medical supplies from the federal Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). So far, ADHS has distributed more than 181,681 N95 masks, 532,500 surgical masks, 85,248 face shields, 70,570 surgical gowns, 1,756 coveralls, and more than 340,000 [...]

Practicing Safe Physical Distancing in Your Essential Service Workplace

By | April 2nd, 2020|Preparedness|

During the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have an integral role to help stop person-to-person spread. Maintaining physical distance in the workplace can be challenging, but there are things your business can do to help. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through close contact (approximately 6 feet) via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs [...]

Physical Distancing is an Important Tool to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

By | April 1st, 2020|Preparedness|

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the term physical distancing has become a household conversation. You may have heard this term used on  local news, social media, or even within your work environment, but what exactly does physical distancing mean and why is it being recommended?  COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person [...]