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]

Real Estate Company Partners With Local Testing Provider ‘COVID Testing To You,” Offering Drive-Thru Tests

COVID Testing To You

With COVID-19 cases spiking and the holidays imminent, a YAM properties has partnered with local testing provider COVID Testing To You to offer drive-thru tests. YAM Properties will begin offering COVID-19 testing at its Scottsdale 101 shopping center beginning Tuesday. It will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., except for Thanksgiving day, when testing will be … [More]

ALERT: Free COVID-19 Testing Available

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

The Arizona Department of Health Services and ASU Biodesign have partnered to make available COVID-19 saliva testing for Arizonans. It’s quick, easy and free. In addition, COVID-19 testing is available at nearly 500 sites across Arizona. Details including locations, hours of operation and contact information can be found HERE. Upcoming saliva testing opportunities … [More]

Scottsdale Clinic Offers Covid-19 Antibody Testing 

Clinical Endpoints

Phoenix-area residents now have a new solution for Covid-19 Antibody Testing at Clinical Endpoints. The company, located in North Scottsdale, is providing high accuracy testing with a short turnaround time for results. Testing is provided on an appointment-only basis and in a private setting. Patients will have an exclusive entrance to the testing facility, with a majority … [More]

SAFETY: ADHS Encourages People to Seek Care in an Emergency and to Maintain Routine Medical Care

Arizona Department of Health Services

Arizonans have dramatically reduced the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks, distancing, washing hands thoroughly, and taking other steps to protect themselves and the community. But it’s also important to continue seeking routine medical care such as wellness visits to primary healthcare providers, cancer screenings, managing chronic health conditions, and keeping children up … [More]

TESTING UPDATE: Pre-Register for Free Surge Testing

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of free COVID-19 surge testing at sites operated by the Department of Health and Human Services in Maricopa County. Testing is available at two sites: South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85042 Maryvale High School, 3415 N. 59th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85033 Arizonans can pre-register HERE. Plenty Of Tests … [More]

Collaboration Meant to Vastly Expand COVID-19 Testing Capacity in Arizona

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

A strategic collaboration with Sonora Quest Laboratories, the market share leader in diagnostics laboratory testing in Arizona, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader committed to innovating for a healthier world, to expand testing in Arizona. The collaboration helps catapult COVID-19 diagnostic testing capacity well … [More]

ADHS and ASU Announce Partnership to Increase COVID-19 Testing in Arizona

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Arizona State University (ASU) announced a new partnership today that will increase COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Arizona. ASU will launch several testing sites that will provide free saliva diagnostic testing for COVID-19 in high-need underserved communities around the state. The testing will begin this Saturday, July 11 in … [More]

As COVID-19 Cases Spike, Nurses Need More Than PPE

by Mike Hunter

Across the U.S., coronavirus infection rates are surging, with no end in sight. If you're a nurse, you may feel like you're sinking. Sure, you soldier on, working long shifts, comforting desperately ill patients, grieving losses, and protecting yourself as best you can. But Rich Bluni says all the PPE in the world can't protect a nurse's spirit. "It's that sense of purpose … [More]

Has the World Forgotten Healthcare Workers? (What Leaders Can Do to Keep the Support Coming)

by Gary R. Simonds, MD, MHCDS, and Wayne M. Sotile, PhD

For a while, the whole world was celebrating healthcare professionals. The news and social media were filled with heartwarming videos of entire cities of people cheering and clapping to show their gratitude for frontline workers. Lately, not so much. Our national focus seems to have shifted to other issues, but COVID-19 isn't going anywhere—and neither is the need to support … [More]

Arcadia Pharmacy Chosen as COVID-19 Testing Site

Metier Pharmacy

Metier Pharmacy is offering free COVID-19 test collection that began May 12, 2020 in select pharmacies across the U.S. Metier Pharmacy has been successful in streamlining wait times and the testing process and making sure eligible persons are successfully tested. “We are extremely proud to be a part of this community service.  With the pandemic reaching new levels here in … [More]

Stay on Top of Your Health during COVID-19

By Dr. Cary Schnitzer

Let’s face it: even before the current pandemic, many of us had apprehension about going to the doctor for check-ups and routine care. As a Chief Medical Officer with many years of experience helping people in the Valley live healthier lives, I’ve certainly seen my share of patients who are nervous going to the doctor. Now, with health authorities and physicians asking … [More]

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