Maricopa County Public Health
COVID-19 Response Summary

Report for March 19 to March 25, 2020

This is a rapidly-evolving situation.
Information in this report is accurate as of the time sent.
Maricopa County Public Health - Week in Review

  • Announced the first death due to COVID-19 in Arizona and Maricopa County.

  • Received our first shipment of PPE and other supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The shipment was broken-down by our staff and volunteers and it is being redistributed to our healthcare partners throughout the county. Additional SNS shipments are anticipated, but the timing and contents of those future shipments are not yet known. Partners should continue to request PPE here.

  • Received and redistributed a limited supply of PPE from the State's inventory to agencies supporting individuals experiencing homelessness and EMS.

  • Developed new system for reporting out daily case counts and deaths on web site.

  • Completed webinars with healthcare, long term care and municipalities.

  • Supported and provided county guidance (when applicable) to all of Governor Ducey's executive orders (outlined below).

  • Moved from standard contact tracing to case mediated contact tracing, due to case counts starting to average more than 50 per day.

Recent State and National Developments

In response to the rapidly evolving situation in Arizona , Governor Doug Ducey signed several executive orders during the past week, including:

  • March 19 - Executive Order 2020-10 Delaying Elective Surgeries to Conserve Personal Protective Equipment Necessary to Test and Treat Patients with COVID-19.

  • March 20 - Executive Order 2020-11 Ensuring Individuals Whose Employment is Affected by COVID-19 Have Access to Unemployment Insurance

The Governor also activated the National Guard to alleviate food supply chain delays and to mitigate other impacts of COVID-19 in Arizona, and he announced the launch of the State's 2-1-1 Covid-19 Hotline .
At the national level:

  • On March 19, the US Department of State issued a Level 4 "Do Not Travel" advisory recommending that US citizens avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

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Looking Ahead
Among the priorities for the next week are:

  • Setting up procedures to accept donations of PPE to MCDPH.

  • Expanding logistics staff and preparing to receive and redistribute the next shipment of supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile.

  • Redeploying additional County staff to essential operational positions in support of our expanding response.
Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19
For Individuals
and Families

  • 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.

For Businesses
and Organizations
  • Avoid touching your mouth and nose to keep germs from entering your body.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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