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Cara Christ is leaving ADHS for a top job at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

BY: - July 28, 2021

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ is leaving her post next month, as the state contends with a growing number of COVID-19 cases, to take a job in the private sector. Gov. Doug Ducey announced that Christ would be leaving the position on August 27 to become chief medical officer at Blue […]

Lawmakers approve money to research marijuana ‘psychosis’

BY: - July 7, 2021

Lawmakers on the final day of the legislative session approved spending $250,000 to research connections between marijuana use and “psychosis,” an idea promoted by a controversial book that scientists have panned as “junk science”  The spending, which was attached to broader bill that allocates money from the state’s medical marijuana fund to public health, mental […]

Ducey rescinds 25 COVID-19 executive orders

BY: - July 2, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday rescinded 25 COVID-19 related executive orders, including an executive order that required face masks in schools. 

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Unvaccinated Arizonans made up 95% of COVID-19 cases in May

BY: - June 18, 2021

More than 95% of COVID-19 cases in May were Arizonans who were not fully vaccinated against the virus, the Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday. 

Vaccination rates drop, but officials still hopeful state can hit goal

BY: - June 7, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination rates have fallen sharply in Arizona, but health officials are still hopeful the state can reach a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goal of vaccinating 70% of Arizonans by July 4.

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A year after the first Arizona COVID surge, by the numbers

BY: - June 4, 2021

A year after Arizona’s first surge of COVID-19 cases, the state is seeing some of the lowest numbers of cases it has since the start of the pandemic, though hospital intensive care units still remain filled at similar levels to a year ago. 

States with higher COVID vaccine demand will be able to request more from the feds

BY: - May 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — With demand for COVID-19 vaccines dropping in many states, the federal government is changing how those doses are allocated.

Ducey ends mask mandate in schools, schools chief calls decision ’embarrassing’

BY: - April 19, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday rescinded the requirement that masks be worn by all staff and students in Arizona schools, drawing a sharp rebuke from the state’s top schools official. 

Arizona among states pausing J&J vaccine after recommendation from U.S. health officials

BY: - April 13, 2021

Arizona is pausing use of the J&J vaccine after top public health officials said six cases of a rare type of blood clot warrant a pause.

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Ducey didn’t consult hospital leaders before scrapping mask mandates, business rules

BY: - March 26, 2021

Leaders of hospitals across Arizona are voicing disapproval with Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to roll back local mask mandates and business restrictions meant to stop the spread of COVID-19, and the state’s public health chief said Friday the governor did not consult hospitals before ending restrictions. 

Every Arizonan older than 16 can get a COVID vaccine now

BY: - March 22, 2021

The Arizona Department of Health Services has lifted eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine it distributes at it’s five sites in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties, making the vaccine available to more than 5 million state residents.   

ADHS expanding vaccine pilot program aimed at low vaccination ZIP codes

BY: - March 15, 2021

The Arizona Department of Health Services is planning to expand a pilot program to get more vaccines for those living in ZIP codes with high numbers of COVID-19 canses but low vaccination rates, but inequities still exist.