Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

National Preparedness Month – Make a Plan

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 […]

By | September 1st, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Positive News for AZ Counties in the Moderate Transmission Level, Moving into Next Phase of Safely Reopening

Today’s Business Dashboard update has positive news that extends beyond the state’s most-populous counties — Maricopa and Pima — moving to the next phase of safely resuming certain business operations with enhanced mitigation measures. As of today, a total of 8 counties, Apache, Cochise, […]

By | August 27th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Public Health Continues to Expand Access to Testing for All Arizonans

Over the last several months, ADHS has worked with partners in local public health, healthcare, and community organizations to expand access to community-based COVID-19 testing across the state so that anyone who needs or wants a test can get one. We are currently evaluating existing testing locations and their coverage […]

By | August 26th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal Counties Likely to Meet Moderate Benchmarks for Businesses to Reopen this Thursday

Over the last few months, Arizonans have worked together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. From wearing masks, physically distancing, and limiting congregating ⁠— their efforts have been a success and a model for the country. 

This responsible approach has resulted in three of our major […]

By | August 25th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

New Method for Determining Inpatient and ICU Bed Availability Launched Today

Throughout the COVID-19 response, ADHS has partnered with hospitals to ensure Arizona’s healthcare preparedness to address a surge in COVID-19 cases. Early in the outbreak, Governor Ducey issued executive orders to support healthcare surge capacity, including issuance of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected order, which provided hospitals time […]

By | June 6th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments