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Nearly all recent COVID-19 cases in Arizona are in unvaccinated individuals

By | June 18th, 2021|Preparedness|

We continue to educate: Vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19.  The numbers continue to demonstrate this, including a look at cases we shared in a release earlier this week as Arizona reached 3 million people fully vaccinated. Arizona reported 16,910 total COVID-19 cases during May. Out of those, we [...]

Delta variant highlights need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

By | June 16th, 2021|Preparedness|

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classified the so-called Delta variant of COVID-19 — B.1.617.2 — as a variant of concern. This is one of the variants behind India’s devastating outbreaks, and it has become the dominant strain in the United Kingdom.  Its shift from a variant of interest reflects the [...]

New CDC guidance on masks provides another reason to get vaccinated

By | April 27th, 2021|Preparedness|

There are many good reasons to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It protects you, your family, your friends, and your community.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today offered another good reason: You no longer need to wear a mask for certain outdoor activities.  Specifically, the CDC’s new guidance allows fully vaccinated individuals [...]

The CDC issues encouraging guidance for fully vaccinated individuals

By | March 8th, 2021|Preparedness|

Over the past few months, you may have heard me call COVID-19 vaccines the light at the end of the tunnel. As more and more Arizonans get the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines, we will start to see life returning to normal. That light is getting brighter by the day. New guidance released [...]

Syndromic Surveillance and COVID-Like Illness

By | November 9th, 2020|Preparedness|

Public health utilizes several surveillance tools to monitor the spread of disease throughout a community. These tools, like case reporting, laboratory reporting, and syndromic surveillance, generate many of the data points that are displayed on our COVID-19 data dashboard. These surveillance tools are also used to monitor the metrics we use to set business reopening [...]

Arizona COVID-19 data trending upward: Don’t let down your guard

By | October 22nd, 2020|Preparedness|

Global and national COVID-19 cases have increased over the last several weeks, and now that trend is occurring in Arizona, too. While our state is not currently experiencing a surge to the degree other locations are experiencing right now, we have recently seen a shift of COVID-19 spread in the state in the wrong direction. [...]

Cloth Face Coverings: What You Need To Know

By | May 21st, 2020|Preparedness|

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 speaking, coughing, sneezing -- including by people [...]

Arizona Public Health System Preparing to Respond to Additional Cases of COVID-19

By | February 27th, 2020|Preparedness|

The Arizona Department of Health Services has been closely monitoring COVID-19 on an international, national, and local level. Mitigating the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, a respiratory disease that can cause symptoms ranging from mild cold-like illness to severe pneumonia, is a high priority. While only one case has been reported in Arizona [...]

Arizona Makes Progress in Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections

By | November 13th, 2019|Preparedness|

Earlier this month, CDC released the 2018 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report based on National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data. NHSN is the nation’s most widely used HAI surveillance system by facilities, states, regions, quality groups, and national public health agencies including CDC. This annual report provides an update on previous reports, [...]

It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week-Get Your Child Tested

By | October 24th, 2019|Preparedness|

Each year, we join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other partners to promote awareness of lead poisoning. Our Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program got a head start on National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by spending a morning at Phoenix [...]