The Arizona Medical Association is working closely with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure that Arizona's physicians are provided with the most up-to-date information pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Watch Governor Ducey's news conference on COVID-19 from March 30, 2020:
Click here to watch Governor Ducey's previous news conferences on COVID-19
Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Arizona:
Tested in an Arizona State Public Health laboratory
Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Governor Ducey's Executive Order, instituting his moderated version of a 'Stay at Home' order, will go into effect, meaning that Arizonans shall limit their time away from their home, except: • To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or; • For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; or • To utilize any services or products provided by essential business services; • And for employment, if as a sole proprietor or family-owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.
Effective at the end of the business day on Friday, March 20, all restaurants in Arizona counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases are required to provide dine-out options only. Also effective on March 20: all bars, movie theaters, and gyms in counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases are required to close.
Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), among other new guidelines, is instructing people to not visit nursing homes and other long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance in an emergency. All expiration dates for Arizona driver licenses are suspended in order to minimize activity at MVD locations.
ADHS confirms that if someone in your family/household has tested positive for COVID-19, you must keep the entire household at home and contact your medical provider as soon as possible. Additionally, as usual, stay home if you are sick and otherwise continue to maintain a high level of social/physical distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
ADHS, in compliance with new federal guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends that organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 or more people for the next eight weeks at least (through the end of April). Businesses are also strongly encouraged to utilize telework and other alternatives to the traditional workplace environment when possible.
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Governor Ducey activated the National Guard to assist grocery stores and food banks with re-stocking shelves. Ducey additionally issued an executive order halting all elective surgeries in Arizona in order to free up medical resources, particularly personal protective equipment (PPE) in hospitals throughout the state. For more on these actions and more, visit Governor Ducey's newsroom.
On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Governor Ducey declared a public health emergency in Arizona just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the COVID-19 outbreak had escalated into a global pandemic. Read more about Governor Ducey's comprehensive declaration and executive order.
ADHS put together a webinar series for various agencies and entities seeking to inform themselves. A
webinar for health care providers took place on Friday, March 13, from noon to 1:00 p.m. ArMA is working closely with ADHS to provide a recording of that webinar to our members as soon as it is made available. Below you can also find webinars on COVID-19 from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.
Mask and isolate suspected COVID-19 patients or other patients presenting with acute respiratory illness. It is not necessary to place a suspect patient in an airborne infection isolation room (AIIR). A private room with a closed-door is acceptable, although using an AIIR for aerosol-generating procedures is still recommended.
Use gowns, gloves, respirators (such as an N95 mask) and eye protection (goggles or face shield) when performing aerosol-generating procedures (e.g., tracheal intubation, non-invasive ventilation, tracheostomy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, manual ventilation before intubation, bronchoscopy).
Obtain travel history for patients being evaluated with fever and acute respiratory illness.
Consider testing for seasonal respiratory illness, like influenza.
Coordinate with your local health department for specimen collection, transport, and testing for suspected cases.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Arizona aimed at helping small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Individual businesses can be eligible for up to $2 million through the program. According to the SBA, the loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other expenses impacted by COVID-19.
Are you a physician interested in volunteering amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? ADHS needs emergency response volunteers to call upon during this time of extreme need. The knowledge and skills you have can help make a meaningful difference during these unprecedented times.
Check back in the coming weeks as we share more of our advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels! For more information on ArMA advocacy, feel free to contact Jon Amores at firstname.lastname@example.org or Meghan McCabe at email@example.com.
You can also read the AMA's summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known at the CARES Act, by clicking here.
It is ArMA’s mission to promote and provide leadership in the art and science of medicine; to preserve and improve the health of all Arizonans; to represent Arizona physicians in the public forum; and to defend Arizona physicians’ freedom and ability to practice medicine in the best interests of your patients.