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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.

National Public Health Week: Numbers only begin to tell the story of our COVID-19 response

By | April 5th, 2022|Preparedness|

It’s impossible to mark National Public Health Week without acknowledging the efforts of the ADHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past 27 months, hundreds of public health professionals across all ADHS programs have spent more than 250,000 hours supporting our health emergency operations center, our partners, and all of Arizona. Here are just [...]

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Our work continues

By | March 31st, 2022|Preparedness|

Governor Ducey, at the recommendation of ADHS, has terminated the state’s COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency. His announcement makes clear, however, that public health’s response to COVID-19 will continue.  Jessica Rigler, our assistant director for public health preparedness, put it this way during a recent ADHS virtual town hall on COVID-19 vaccines for children:  “Public health [...]

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Latest data shows COVID-19 boosters continue making a big difference in Arizona

By | March 30th, 2022|Preparedness|

Following yesterday’s authorization of a second COVID-19 booster dose for ages 50 and older and those with weakened immune systems, new data shows just how much of a difference a booster dose makes. During February, compared to individuals who were fully vaccinated with a booster, unvaccinated people ages 18 and older had: 4.9 times the [...]

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Second COVID-19 booster dose authorized for ages 50 and older, certain others

By | March 29th, 2022|Preparedness|

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized a second booster dose for those ages 50 and older. They also authorized a second booster for those 12 and older who have weakened immune systems. Vaccines are extremely effective at protecting against severe COVID-19 outcomes, but evidence suggests [...]

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COVID-19 shots continue long tradition of vaccines protecting public health

By | March 28th, 2022|Preparedness|

You want to feel safe. You want your family to be safe. Are vaccines safe? The simple and important answer is: Oh my yes! What you want to know too is if vaccines actually work, right? The World Health Organization has an answer: “With the exception of clean, safe drinking water, no human endeavor rivals [...]

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Report: Arizona made ‘notable progress’ on public health preparedness

By | March 22nd, 2022|Preparedness|

The past two years have put public health preparedness on center stage as our country grapples with the ongoing pandemic. All the while, we have remained vigilant and prepared for the next unknown challenge facing communities across our state. Public health partners across Arizona have risen to the occasion and have done amazing work responding [...]

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January data makes strong argument for getting that COVID-19 booster dose

By | March 2nd, 2022|Preparedness|

As we offer our first weekly COVID-19 Data Dashboard update, showing a continuing decline in cases and other metrics, I want to call attention to some critically important information in two reports linked atop the dashboard: Booster doses dramatically increase protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant.  Our twice-monthly report on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination [...]

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Important notes on our first weekly COVID-19 Data Dashboard update

By | March 1st, 2022|General, Preparedness|

We look forward to offering our first weekly update tomorrow to the ADHS COVID-19 Data Dashboard.  Here are some important notes on what you’ll see: Summary Page: With our shift to weekly updates, the Summary page will now show the number of new cases, deaths, and vaccine doses from the previous week’s update to the [...]

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New CDC mask recommendations draw on local COVID-19 cases, healthcare system impacts

By | February 25th, 2022|Preparedness|

ADHS has consistently followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and today’s updated CDC recommendations on mask use are no exception.  The CDC’s mask recommendations now vary according to a community level that considers COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and COVID-19’s impact on the local healthcare system. The COVID-19 [...]

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Testing for syphilis during pregnancy protects you and your baby

By | February 23rd, 2022|Preparedness|

Last year, more than 100 babies were born with syphilis in Arizona, including nine who were stillborn. Syphilis is completely preventable through timely testing and treatment. Testing should take place three times during pregnancy – at the first prenatal care visit, early in the third trimester (around 28-32 weeks), and at delivery.  In Arizona, there [...]

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