Health Equity
Will Humble

Maricopa County Department of Public Health Issuing $12M in Health Disparity Grants

 Here’s Where to Learn More The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is offering up to $12 million in health disparities grant funding to agencies, municipalities, and other organizations among 5 regions in Maricopa County. The funding will be used to help develop and work through strategies and interventions that consider systemic barriers and potentially discriminatory practices. COVID-19 and the ripple effects of economic and school closures, job loss, isolation,

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Disease Control
Will Humble

Journal Article of the Week: Clinical outcomes among patients infected with Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant in southern California

Clinical outcomes among patients infected with Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant in southern California Results: Our analyses included 52,297 cases with Omicron and 16,982 cases with Delta infections, respectively. Hospital admissions occurred among 235 (0.5%) and 222 (1.3%) of cases with Omicron and Delta variant infections, respectively. The adjusted hazard ratios for any subsequent hospital admission and symptomatic hospital admission associated with Omicron variant infection were 0.48 (0.36-0.64) and 0.47 (0.35-0.62), respectively. Rates of ICU admission and mortality

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Disease Control
Will Humble

Legal Analysis for the OSHA & CMS Vaccine Requirement Regulations

National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor & Ohio v. Department of Labor Biden v. Missouri and Becerra v. Louisiana Blog prepared exclusively for the Arizona Public Health Association Jennifer L. Piatt, J.D. On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States issued two opinions addressing federal COVID-19 vaccination requirements. In National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor and Ohio v. Department of Labor (“The OSHA Cases”), the

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Disease Control
Will Humble

Test Positivity Reaches 60% with 175,000 COVID Cases Reported Last Week in Arizona: Ducey & Herrington Remain At Large

View the Full Epidemiology & Hospital Occupancy Report Arizona is experiencing historic levels of community transmission attributable to the newly dominant Omicron variant.  Test positivity is insanely high (60%) reminding us that test capacity, accessibility, and/or uptake is wholly inadequate. Arizona, like much of the United States, is in the midst of another large pandemic wave. Expect transmission to peak in late January with very large numbers of hospitalizations continuing

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Disease Control
Will Humble

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds CMS’ Vaccine Requirement; Strikes Down OSHA’s Vaccinate or Test Rule

The Supreme Court just stopped enforcement of OSHA’s emergency rule that would have required employers with more than 100 staff to require that their team be vaccinated or undergo periodic testing. The court said that OSHA doesn’t have the authority to impose the vaccine or test requirement. In the unsigned opinion called National Federation of Independent Business v. OSHA the court wrote that: Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power

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Air Quality
Will Humble

Masking, Ventilation, & Air Filtration Effectively Reduce Classroom Transmission of COVID

Yesterday I gave a talk for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials about COVID. During the talk I discussed a few evidence-based interventions that lower transmission of COVID in schools, including universal masking, ventilation and air filtration. After the talk, a few of the attendees asked me for the study I was referencing during my talk called SARS-CoV-2 aerosol transmission in schools: the effectiveness of different interventions. I thought

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