COVID-19 Surge Makes Getting Flu Shot More Important Than Ever, Say Banner Health Leaders

Banner Health

The renewed surge in COVID-19 cases makes getting your flu shot this year more important than ever, say Banner Health experts. Flu season usually starts in October, so infectious-disease specialists suggest the best time to get vaccinated is from early September to the end of October. “There are concerns that this could be a more severe flu season than last year,’’ said … [More]

Additional $60 Million to Support Hospital Staffing Announced

Arizona Department of Health Services

Governor Doug Ducey announced Wednesday that $60 million to support staffing at health care facilities that deploy proven techniques to decrease COVID-19 related hospitalizations, including administering monoclonal antibody treatments and offering vaccination at discharge. “Arizona’s health care professionals and all frontline workers are heroes, without a doubt,” said … [More]

UArizona Health Sciences Study Suggests Greater Vaccination Push Needed to Combat Delta Variant

UArizona

New data from an ongoing University of Arizona Health Sciences research study show that the COVID-19 vaccines remain effective following the predominance of the delta variant, although at a lower rate than prior to its emergence. The newly released findings from the longitudinal Arizona Healthcare, Emergency Response, and Other Essential Workers Surveillance (AZ HEROES) … [More]

Banner Study to Evaluate Those at Risk of Decline Related to Alzheimer’s Disease

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Eli Lilly and Company and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute announced a strategic research collaboration as part of the planned Phase 3, randomized, placebo-controlled study evaluating donanemab in participants at risk for cognitive and functional decline related to Alzheimer’s disease (TRAILBLAZER-ALZ 3). TRAILBLAZER-ALZ 3 will evaluate whether treatment with donanemab can slow the … [More]

Arizonans Helping Researchers Better Understand COVID-19

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A new antibody testing study examining samples originally collected through the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program found evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections in five states earlier than initially reported. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University led the study that analyzed more than 24,000 stored blood samples contributed between Jan. 2 and March 18, … [More]

Governor Ducey Rescinds 25 Pandemic-Related Executive Orders

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Governor Doug Ducey today is rescinding 25 Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic following action by the Arizona Legislature to codify into law many of the policies enacted by the Executive Orders to protect against excessive mandates, including mask usage in schools and prohibiting vaccine passports. “Throughout the pandemic, we took action to protect Arizonans … [More]

State COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Close after Administering 1.6 Million Doses

Arizona Department of Health Services

After administering 1.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 875,000 individuals, the state’s mass-vaccination program officially ends today with the last appointments at Gila River Arena in Glendale. With vaccine widely available, Arizona’s focus has shifted to promoting neighborhood options such as pharmacies and doctors’ offices, supporting pop-up clinics, and providing … [More]

State Sites Ready to Vaccinate Ages 12 to 15 Thursday, May 13, Subject to CDC Approval

Arizona Department of Health Services

Arizona-run vaccination sites in the Phoenix area, Tucson, Yuma, and Flagstaff are ready to begin vaccinating children 12 to 15 years old on Thursday, May 13, following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free ‒ and they’re our best shot to end this pandemic and return to the things we’ve … [More]

Indoor Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccination Site in Mesa will Maintain Vital East Valley Presence

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

A Mesa distribution center operated by Dexcom, maker of innovative continuous glucose monitoring products for people with diabetes, will serve as the Valley’s first state-run indoor drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site. “As the hot summer months approach, we want to ensure our vaccination sites continue to operate efficiently,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Health care … [More]

Banner Poison Center Sees 140% Spike in Hand Sanitizer Incidents

Banner Health

In 2020, poison centers across the nation saw an increase in exposures to household cleaning products, chemicals, and medications. With more people working remotely and children schooling at home, there continues to be an increased potential for poisoning accidents. “Please be alert about the location of these products and keep them out of reach for small children,” said … [More]

Arizona-Based Valley Shield Launches Affordable Rapid Testing in Maryvale

Valley Shield

Arizona-based diagnostics lab Saguaro Bloom has opened Valley Shield, the first COVID-19 testing facility in the state to offer affordable and accessible rapid antigen testing at $49 which is currently a third of the market price. The Valley Shield facility, located in Maryvale, will provide high quality rapid testing in addition to no-cost standard COVID testing (RT-PCR) for … [More]

State Adopts a Unique Hybrid Model for COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced today a new hybrid approach that provides Arizonans 55 and older eligibility along with frontline essential workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The new approach launches today in the Phoenix Metro Area. Arizona will continue its age-based approach to administering the vaccine. The new … [More]

Banner Health Eases Visitor Restrictions at Hospitals and Ambulatory Locations

Banner Health

On February 19, Banner Health changed its visitor restrictions for hospital and ambulatory locations in Arizona. One visitor per patient per day is now permitted for most in-patients. Out-patient locations and services (e.g. urgent cares, clinics, emergency rooms, etc.) will also allow one companion to accompany patients. In-patient visitation hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 … [More]

Arizona Announces State-Run Vaccine Site in Metro Phoenix’s East Valley

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced a state-operated COVID-19 vaccination site in the Phoenix metropolitan area’s East Valley, avoiding the closure of a successful mass vaccination site and further expanding the state’s nationally recognized model for speeding up vaccine administration. The vaccination site at … [More]

CVS Health and Other Pharmacies Will Begin Providing Covid-19 Vaccines

CVS Health

CVS Health will begin to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible populations at a limited number of CVS Pharmacy locations across 11 states, including Arizona. Vaccinations were originally scheduled to begin on February 11, but in order to ensure in-store availability the start date has been moved to February 12. Vaccines in a retail setting will be offered on an … [More]

First Fully Integrated COVID-19 Prevention, Testing & Therapy Center Opens in Phoenix

Southwellness COVID Solutions

Concierge physician, Tyler Southwell, created a new division of his practice – Southwellness COVID Solutions (SCS) – late last year and is opening a 2,600 square foot one-of-a-kind facility this week in Phoenix, dedicated specifically to COVID-19 prevention, testing, and therapy. The convenient, comfortable, and private office is the first and only fully-integrated … [More]

Phoenix Mayor Announces Second COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van

City of Phoenix

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced today the launch of Phoenix's second COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van (Van #2) during its first day of operations at Cielito Park.  Customized by the Phoenix Public Works Department's Fleet Management division, Van #2 will provide testing services to the community three days a week and will offer two types of COVID-19 tests at no … [More]

CDC Issues Order Requiring Face Masks on Public Transit

Valley Metro

Centers for Disease Control issued an order requiring everyone traveling on public transit to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth. This new mandate is in addition to the executive order by President Biden earlier this month. Valley Metro is committed to keeping your communities safe during this pandemic and remember, we're all in this together. You can do your part to … [More]

Nearly 44,000 People In Seven Hours Book Appointments for State 24/7 Vaccination Site

Arizona Department of Health Services

In just seven hours today, nearly 44,000 Arizonans have made appointments to be vaccinated at the state’s first 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Of those appointments, nearly 29,000 are for the site’s first week of operation. The site, launched by the Arizona Department of Health Services in partnership with the Arizona Department of … [More]

Ducey Issues Executive Order to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Arizona

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order today to rapidly expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine by streamlining distribution throughout Arizona and establishing additional vaccination sites. Rather than each county having their own implementation plans, the order directs the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to implement a state-directed allocation model to … [More]

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