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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.

Vaccinated or not, take steps to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission

By | September 1st, 2021|Preparedness|

It’s a natural question that we hear regularly: Amid substantial COVID-19 spread, what does ADHS recommend for people going to large events, small gatherings, grocery stores, restaurants, and more?  The answer is simple and no doubt frustrating to many: As much as we all want to be done with COVID-19, the pandemic isn’t done with [...]

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Data-processing issue means much lower COVID-19 numbers today, higher tomorrow

By | August 31st, 2021|Preparedness|

Cases and deaths added today to the ADHS COVID-19 dashboard are far lower than they’d ordinarily be because of a data-processing issue. After days of averaging more than 3,000 cases added to the dashboard, today’s update adds just 822. Meanwhile, the same issue combined with data cleaning means the number of total deaths since the [...]

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Plans for Vaccine Booster Shots from Pfizer and Moderna Being Finalized Now by FDA, CDC

By | August 25th, 2021|Preparedness|

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that it has developed a plan to begin offering booster shots this fall for those who have received the Pfizer/Comirnaty and Moderna vaccines to protect against COVID-19. It anticipates boosters as well for those who received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine, but that [...]

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CDC strengthens recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy

By | August 16th, 2021|Preparedness|

Among the #VaxFacts videos we launched last week is one noting there’s no evidence that getting vaccinated can affect your fertility. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has strengthened its recommendation that pregnant women get vaccinated against COVID-19. This is based on a new analysis of current data that found no increase [...]

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Federal officials recommend third mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose for those with weakened immune systems

By | August 13th, 2021|Preparedness|

The federal government has authorized a third dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for people with weakened immune systems. This important news applies to Arizonans with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. These individuals are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and an additional vaccine dose for them could help prevent serious illness and death. [...]

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We’re here to help you get #VaxFacts

By | August 11th, 2021|Preparedness|

If unanswered questions or claims you’re seeing on social media are keeping you from getting vaccinated against COVID-19, our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts have a new feature to help: #VaxFacts.  These video Q&As address subjects such as:  whether getting vaccinated can affect your fertility (answer: no);  why it’s incorrect to describe the approved vaccines [...]

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Amid rising cases, vaccination offers the surest protection

By | August 6th, 2021|Preparedness|

Like many of you, I’m looking with concern at daily updates to the ADHS COVID-19 data dashboard. Cases are rising, though with 3.4 million people in Arizona fully vaccinated, including a large share of older Arizonans more prone to severe outcomes, we haven’t seen the same levels of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths as during [...]

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Never too early to guard against mosquito-borne illness

By | July 27th, 2021|Preparedness|

It’s been an active Arizona monsoon so far, and that means it’s also time to be thinking about mosquitoes and guarding against West Nile virus.  West Nile, the most common mosquito-borne disease in Arizona, causes symptoms in about 20% of those infected ranging from fever, headaches, and body aches to, in rare cases, inflammation of [...]

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Spreading the Word on How to Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19 Delta variant

By | July 21st, 2021|Preparedness|

Currently, COVID-19 is primarily impacting unvaccinated individuals, reports Dr. Christ. The best protection is to be fully vaccinated. Find a convenient location here: https://t.co/Y6yHvXLUNN pic.twitter.com/FKfQHBLsTD — AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) July 21, 2021 One of the important ways ADHS shares information with Arizonans is through the news media. Arizona’s newspapers, online news outlets, and [...]

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Uptick in COVID-19 cases is preventable with vaccination

By | July 14th, 2021|Preparedness|

Real-world data continues to show the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines – and the consequences of not getting the shot.  The facts are clear and compelling: In May, 95.4% of the 16,910 reported COVID-19 cases were among those who weren’t fully vaccinated. In June, 92.4% of the 12,911 reported COVID-19 cases were among those who weren’t [...]

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