Arizona Hospital Leaders Speak Out as Ducey Announces Remain-Open Plans

by Mike Hunter

Governor Doug Ducey announced, yesterday, that Arizona would remain open saying that Arizona is not seeing an increase in patient volume.

“We put the stay-at-home order in place so that we can prepare for what we’re going through right now,” Ducey stated in Thursday’s press conference.

Earlier Thursday, Arizona hospital leaders issued the following statement regarding the COVID-19 response in the state:

“Recently there have been local and national media reports regarding the increase in confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Arizona and how our state is managing the COVID-19 crisis. As representatives of the largest health systems representing 80% of care provided in this state, we would like to assure the public that we have available bed capacity and surge plans are in place to continue to serve the people of Arizona. We are well prepared to manage an increase in patient volume.

“In addition, the utilization of the surge line remains an effective tool in ensuring that patients are evenly distributed among hospitals in order to avoid capacity issues at any one facility. Our surge plans will also create additional capacity for patients if needed. Arizona’s network of medical care is strong, stable and prepared.

“We are continuing to work with Governor Ducey and state, local experts and other health care organizations to make sure our health systems continue to effectively care and meet the needs of our communities.

“This is an important opportunity for all Arizonans to remember to take the proper precautions to stay healthy and remain vigilant as we respond to this pandemic. By following the CDC guidelines we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 within our community:

  • If you are ill, stay home except to receive medical care
  • Wear a mask when you’re in public near others
  • Stay six feet away from others
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Wipe down surfaces that may be infected
  • Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people

“We have taken every precaution to ensure the well-being of our patients and staff in our medical facilities. If you require medical attention, please do not delay seeking care for any medical conditions.”

Arizona Hospital Leaders:

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