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Will Humble

Open Letter to Governor Ducey & Interim Director Herrington Urging Immediate Interventions

Open Letter to Governor Ducey, Interim Director Herrington, Dr. Carmona, Healthcare Leaders & Policymakers Letter Sponsored by Right 2 Safe Schools Arizona’s healthcare system is in crisis. Our healthcare workforce is suffering from moral injury and burnout from the sustained onslaught that wave after wave of COVID has had on us, our families, and our communities. The COVID-19 pandemic is running unmitigated throughout the state and is straining our hospitals

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Will Humble

Delta Wave Ebbs in Advance of Arizona’s Omicron Tsunami

View Dr. Joe Gerald’s Epidemiology & Hospital Occupancy Weekly Report Arizona continues to experience a high number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. With waning vaccine efficacy and a potentially short duration of acquired immunity, herd immunity is not achievable. As time progresses, more individuals will become susceptible. While the previously vaccinated and previously infected will remain mostly protected from severe outcomes, they will contribute to community transmission. There was a

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Will Humble

AzPHA Total Mortality Report Finds 36,000 Excess Deaths Occurred in AZ During the Pandemic – The Largest Percent Increase in Excess Deaths of Any State

View Our Report On January 21, 2021, the Arizona Public Health Association documented a large and unprecedented increase in all-cause mortality in Arizona during 2020 as compared to recent years. Beginning in February 2020, overall mortality was elevated every month compared with the same month in 2019. The peak excess was seen in July with a total mortality rate 64% higher than the rate in July of 2019.  While most

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Will Humble

Please Consider Donating to AzPHA as You Think About Your End of Year Giving

A Public Health and Sanitary Conference was held at the University of Arizona in April 1928 to ‘bring together officials and workers interested in community health and welfare’. That April 1928 meeting brought together public health and health care workers to discuss their problems and to gain a new enthusiasm. By the end of the meeting, the attendees had dedicated themselves to forming the Arizona Public Health Association and committed to

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Disease Control
Will Humble

COVID Cases Continue to Escalate Unabated as AZ Hospitals Enter the Winter Abyss

View This Week’s Epidemiology & Hospital Resource Report Arizona is in Contingency Standards of Care in our hospital system, with some areas in Crisis Standards of Care. Another all-time low for hospital bed availability was set this week at 392 theoretically available beds. However, any hospital administrator will tell you that a “licensed bed” is NOT a “staffed bed”. Because ADHS uses ‘licensed beds’ as the denominator for all of

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