Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Updated Arizona Specific COVID-19 Models and Projections

Over the past few months, we have been reviewing projections and models to ensure we have adequate healthcare resources to meet the needs of Arizonans during this pandemic. The news is encouraging: most of the current models continue to show that Arizona’s capacity is sufficient to meet the projected need […]

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

Cloth Face Coverings: What You Need To Know

As COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States, the CDC has recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.  Out and about in our communities, many Arizonans are following these recommendations. Studies continue to be published showing how COVID-19 can be spread through […]

By | May 21st, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Thank You to EMS Agencies for Helping Arizona Respond to the COVID-19 Outbreak

May 17-23, 2020, is Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. This year’s theme for EMS Week, “Ready Today, Preparing For Tomorrow” is appropriate given our current statewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic. EMS providers (including EMTs, paramedics, emergency nurses and physicians, 9-1-1 dispatchers, and EMS educators) have been on the […]

By | May 18th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Testing for COVID-19: PCR and Serology (Antibody Testing)

There are now multiple types of COVID-19 tests available, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and serology (antibody testing). Both test types are becoming increasingly available in our communities. The PCR test is a diagnostic test that looks for the presence of viral nucleic acids and tells if a person is currently […]

By | May 15th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Identifying COVID-19 Deaths in Arizona

Today’s dashboard includes an important update to the COVID-19 data including notable changes related to the identification of COVID-19 deaths in Arizona. Surveillance of deaths is an important component of any communicable disease investigation. This surveillance can provide key information about risk factors and the severity of a disease, especially when […]

By | May 8th, 2020|Preparedness|0 Comments

Modeling, Data Analysis, and Next Steps for Arizona’s Response to COVID-19

We appreciate the work of the talented professionals who assisted our team of public health professionals and experienced epidemiologists in developing a state model. The department established the partnership to provide an additional model for consideration. This model was completed on April 20, 2020. 

With months of data now available, […]

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