Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

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

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 […]

By | November 16th, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on COVID-19 was Arizona’s third-leading cause of death in 2020; see ADHS annual report

Cord blood a key to saving lives, treating diseases

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 […]

By | November 15th, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on Cord blood a key to saving lives, treating diseases

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

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

By | November 10th, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on Addition of 5-11 affects dashboard percentage for ‘eligible people vaccinated’

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

Stop the Spread 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 […]

By | November 9th, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on Increase in COVID-19 cases drives home the need to continue mitigation

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

Poster-Ask Your DoctorNearly 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, […]

By | November 8th, 2021|General, Preparedness|Comments Off on Dr. Carmona: A doctor’s advice on COVID-19 vaccination can save your life

Parents: Get your questions answered about COVID-19 vaccination

Questions about COVID-19 vaccines?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, […]

By | November 4th, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on Parents: Get your questions answered about COVID-19 vaccination