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Arizona Governor's Newsletter - COVID Debrief 3.30.20
In this Issue:
- From the Governor
- ACP Resources
- Other Clinical Resources
- Arizona COVID Cases
- Arizona COVID-19 Links
- Wellbeing Resources
Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, FACP, ACP Governor
From the Governor
Our country is battling the COVID pandemic. In Arizona, the numbers of cases continue to rise. There is significant paucity of testing. We have been hearing about the Personal Protective Equipment shortage and the hardships that our hospitalist-based and clinic-based colleagues have been experiencing.
This ACP Arizona March newsletter focuses on COVID-19 online resources. Many thanks to those ACP Arizona members who called or emailed their Senator to push for healthcare provisions in the federal stimulus package.
Telemedicine is now front and center–ACP has provided valuable information on Telemedicine here, and the Arizona Medical Association has partnered with CGM to provide a free Telemedicine platform to ArMA members. Click here to learn more. Please continue to write to your legislators and senators to promote equity in telemedicine and also to advocate for including residents and fellows in providing care.
You'll find Arizona stats and resource links below, but I wanted to point out an announcement by Arizona Health Department Director Dr. Cara Christ stating that ambulatory doctors should limit testing.
And finally, the Arizona Department of Health Services, together with the Governor's Office, has created a website which will triage all types of help for COVID-19. The website includes information for individual financial donations as well as a form for organizations to complete to provide business services, including assistance in manufacturing/providing PPE.
Stay well during this stressful time.
With much love and solidarity,
Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, FACP
Governor, Arizona Chapter
ACP is committed to doing everything possible to help internists prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 virus to ensure that our patients get the care they need. See the resources on our regularly updated webpage here.
Other Clinical Resources
Arizona COVID Cases
As of 3/29
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona: 919
Total tested: 13,872
Number of deaths: 17
Cases by County
La Paz: 2
Santa Cruz: 2
Visit the ADHS COVID-19 Response pagefor more
The Arizona Department of Health Services link provides full historical and current data on COVID-19 events in Arizona.
Arizona COVID-19 Links
Resources from Maricopa County:
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has gathered a variety of resources for health care providers in Arizona's largest county to utilize during this uncertain time.
- Letter to Providers Regarding Testing (March 18)
- COVID-19 Testing: Healthcare Provider Guidance (March 19)
- Primary Care Pediatric Guidelines (March 19)
- Social Distancing Guidelines (March 20)
- Home Isolation Guidelines (March 20)
- Letter to Healthcare Providers from Dr. Sunenshine (March 16)
- Healthcare Facility Guidance for COVID-19
- Addressing PPE Supply Chain Shortages
For more resources tailored to providers, including weekly MCDPH webinars, click here.
The MCDPH COVID-19 website has resources for all people, including members of the public.
Other County Resources:
- Find Your Local Public Health Contact
- Pima County Health Department COVID-19 website
- Dr. Bob England Daily Video Updates from Pima County
- Coconino County COVID-19 Information
- Pinal County Coronavirus page
Spanish Language Resources:
COVID information resources for Spanish speaking patients and families can be found here.
Arizona State University is providing Mindfulness sessions for health care providers.