Maricopa County Public Health
COVID-19 Response Summary

Report for March 11 - March 18 , 2020

This is a rapidly-evolving situation.
Information in this report is accurate as of the time sent.

COVID-19 - This Week in Review
Maricopa County

  • Weekly webinar was held with healthcare. See the replay here.

  • New info and guidelines are now available on the COVID-19 website.
  • Letter from Dr. Sunenshine
  • Healthcare Provider Guidance
  • Home Isolation Guidelines

  • Virtual media availability was held to answer media questions.

  • Resource requests can be made through the resource request form on the MCDPH website. This does not guarantee this request will be filled

  • In order to maintain the healthcare workforce, MCDPH recommended fever and symptom screening of all healthcare workers and EMS, allowing them to return to work regardless of COVID-19 exposure, as long as they remain symptom free.

  • Commercial laboratory testing through LabCorp became available the week of March 2 and Sonora Quest on March 11. Lab testing guidance is available on the website. Healthcare Providers DO NOT need Public Health approval to order commercial testing. As more commercial testing becomes available, case counts will continue to rise rapidly.

  • Although commercial labs are now available to test, Maricopa County is experiencing a shortage of swabs and media limiting some healthcare providers from testing in the outpatient setting.

  • Providers DO need to call for approval to have suspected COVID-19 patients tested at the Arizona State Public Health Lab who meet the Persons Under Investigation criteria. Providers DO NOT need to call for approval to have suspected COVID-19 patients tested at a commercial lab.

  • Maricopa County healthcare providers are facing a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). The state of Arizona will receive a limited supply of PPE from the Strategic National Stockpile next week. We know this will not fill the demand.

  • MCDPH is working with the Human Services Campus to ensuring this vulnerable population is able to participate in social distancing.

Of Note

  • The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) on March 16, 2020
Looking Ahead
  • Upcoming partner webinars include reoccurring healthcare and jurisdictional leadership webinars. To sign up for a webinar, email

  • Continuing to streamline operational processes.

  • Identifying resource needs and working to fulfill requests.

  • Looking to train other MCDPH staff to support essential operational positions within the incident command structure.
What can you do to protect yourself
and your family from COVID-19?
  • Stay home when you are ill.

  • Call your healthcare provider before going in to avoid spreading illness to others in the waiting room.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and dispose of tissues in the trash.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching your mouth and nose to keep germs from entering your body.
Washing hands
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  • Have a plan for someone to care for your child (children) if they become ill and need to stay home from school.

  • Talk to your employer about ways to work from home if you become ill so you can stay home and away from others.

For Organizations
  • Discuss a continuity of operations plan that allows employees to telework.

  • Find alternatives to in-person meetings such as meetings with video or telephone conferences.

  • Encourage surface cleaning measures for frequently touched surfaces like light switches, door knobs and faucets.

  • Ensure soap, hand sanitizer and tissues are available.

Useful Links
(Accurate as of 3/11/2020)

Feel free to share these links with staff, partners, and clients
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