Antibody Testing For Health Care Professionals, First Responders
Governor Ducey announced a partnership between the state and the University of Arizona to provide antibody tests for 250,000 health care professionals and first responders who are on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. The University will administer the tests to check for antibodies through an individual’s blood sample to determine if they were exposed to COVID-19, had the virus and recovered. Details HERE.
On the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) website, Dr. Cara Christ provides information in her blog.
"A critical note about all of the case data presented,” Dr. Cara Crist writes, “... is that it only reflects individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. While public health and healthcare institutions continue to work to increase testing availability, the persistent limitations in supplies mean that not everyone who wants to be tested can be. In addition, we know that people can be infected and spread disease without showing symptoms. While physical distancing is occurring, people do not always remain isolated within their own zip code when conducting essential business. Finally, zip code counts include anyone in that zip code who has tested positive, whether their infection occurred two months ago and has resolved or two weeks ago and is still active. Thus, while zip code data is informative, it should not be used to determine whether or not residents of a particular zip code are or are not at risk of COVID-19.”
Regarding the Healthcare System, Christ states, "Multiple enhanced surveillance advisories ordered by Governor Ducey allow public health to better track the health of the healthcare system in Arizona. This includes data about the capacity and current utilization of emergency room beds, inpatient beds, ICU beds, and ventilators in hospitals throughout Arizona. This is data we are monitoring closely as it shows us where we need to focus our efforts to increase capacity. The information is now posted on our dashboard and demonstrates that right now, there is capacity within our healthcare system to handle an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.”
Pinal County Information
On April 12, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) updated its COVID-19 dashboard to provide additional information, which includes the case counts broken down by zip code. Pinal County is providing the link on our pinalcountyaz.gov/coronavirus website. As people view and interpret the data, the Pinal County Public Health Services District (PCPHSD) would like to highlight the following important points:
- The data provided only reflects individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Actual numbers of COVID-19 cases are likely much larger than the positive cases reflected by current testing.
- For every confirmed case on the map, there are likely dozens of people who have not been tested but have the virus across Pinal County.
- The map reflects the home address of COVID-19 cases, and does not indicate where individual contracted COVID-19 or where they have travelled to once infectious. Therefore, the map does not necessarily indicate where the risk of coming in contact with the virus is highest.
- Zip code counts include anyone in that zip code who has tested positive, whether the infection has resolved or is currently active. Therefore, new data may not represent the current risk in a community.
- Although physical distancing guidelines are in place, people do not always remain within their own zip code when conducting essential business.
Testing has shown that COVID-19 is widespread throughout all of Pinal County. Recent evidence shows that people can transmit COVID-19 even when they do not have symptoms and that the testing only shows a fraction of active COVID-19 cases in Pinal County. Any Pinal County resident who is not practicing preventative measures increases their chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Continuing these measures and our commitment, is essential to keeping ourselves and each other safe. These preventative measures include washing hands for at least 20 seconds, not touching one’s face, practicing physical distancing, and wearing a face covering when in public settings.
In conclusion, PCPHSD agrees with Dr. Cara Christ, Director of ADHS, stating zip code data is informative, but it should not be used to determine whether or not residents of particular zip codes are or are not at risk of COVID-19.
Click link for additional information available on the Arizona Department of Health Services website. https://directorsblog.health.azdhs.gov/new-covid-19-data-released-on-our-dashboard/
Yavapai County Information
Yavapai County Community Health Services advises against Complacency about COVID-19
Although COVID-19 cases are slowing, it is too early to begin relaxing the stipulations in Governor Ducey’s Executive Order:
“Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.”
- Stay Home: increase physical distancing, stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and your family. Stay home unless you are leaving for an essential service.
- Stay Healthy: remain physically active, wash your hands, use a tissue when you sneeze, and maintain healthy habits.
- Stay Connected: find alternative ways to stay connected to family and friends by using technology. We’ll get through this together.
Volunteers Needed for the Yavapai County Medical Reserve Corps
Medical volunteers are needed in the Prescott area and Verde Valley to serve in the Medical Reserve Corps during the Coronavirus pandemic. Whether you are an active or retired medical professional, or your license has become inactive, the knowledge and skills you have can help make a difference in our communities.
For the Coronavirus pandemic, medical professionals are needed to assist local medical facilities in a non-clinical or clinical setting. Also, nonmedical volunteers are needed for administrative duties. Yavapai County Medical Reserve Corps is a service of Yavapai County Community Health Services.
To sign up for the Yavapai County Medical Reserve Corp, call (928) 442-5487.
County Health Department List & Links
Apache County: Website
Navajo County and Navajo Nation
Navajo County: Website
Total Cases: 210
Pima County: Website
Pinal County Website
Other Website Resources
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Editor's note: We collect data from a variety of sources for this information, including state and county websites. We use the latest information we can find. This chart changes frequently throughout the day.