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).
COVID-19 by the Numbers in Arizona
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Last updated: 09/16/2020
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is tracking this data on a daily basis and is in close contact with both ADHS
and the Governor’s office as the data continues to evolve.
Want to slow COVID-19 spread in Arizona? Then everyone must do these 3 things
An ArMA Op-Ed published in The Arizona Republic
"The Arizona Medical Association supported Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to enact the stay-at-home order back in April to try to “flatten the curve.” We understand and recognize the social, physical and economic impacts that had on the people of Arizona. Humans for the most part are social creatures who need interaction with others, but we still have not figured out how to overcome this virus..."
Click here to read the full article. Recently, ArMA authored a letter urging police chiefs and county sheriffs to enforce local face covering mandates. Click here to read the letter addressed to the Arizona Sheriffs' Association and click here for the letter sent to the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police.
The Flinn Foundation and other constituent organizations of Greater Phoenix Leadership also launched the #MaskUpAZ campaign on social media in an effort to raise awareness for the importance of face masks and coverings at this critical time.
- On the week of July 27, 2020, both the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced that they would be updating their guidance related to the release from home isolation for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in order to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click here to view the CDC's latest guidance on the topic.
- On Thursday, July 9, 2020, Governor Ducey announced the signing of a new Executive Order to limit restaurant dine-in capacity to less than 50%, per the fire code determinations of capacity for each restaurant. You can click here to view the full Executive Order. Enforcement of the order can be carried out by health inspectors from the counties, or by local law enforcement officials. This order goes into effect Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 p.m.
- On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Governor Ducey announced that local officials, including mayors, would be allowed to begin implementing mandatory face covering policies in their respective cities and counties. These mandates would likely require individuals wear some form of a face mask or face covering while in a public space where physical distancing is not guaranteed. Click here for more information. ArMA also released a statement on the governor's Wednesday afternoon announcement. The mayors of Phoenix, Tucson, and Mesa almost immediately indicated that such policies were already being considered.
- On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Governor Ducey announced that he would be allowing his modified stay-at-home order to expire on Friday, May 15. The move comes after Governor Ducey announced he would begin to ease restrictions on restaurants, sporting venues, retail businesses, and other public spaces throughout the month of May. You can learn more here.
- On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Governor Ducey announced the signing of Executive Order 2020-32 to allow hospitals and other health care facilities to resume certain elective surgeries if the facilities could demonstrate at least a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), among other benchmarks. Click here for more information.
- 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 at least until April 30, 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.
- Governor Doug Ducey's last press event regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency took place on Thursday, August 20. You can click here to watch it.
- On July 31, 2020, HHS announced that it would be issuing a second extension of the application period for Medicaid and CHIP providers to apply for payments from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). The new deadline for applications is now Friday, August 28. Click here for more details.
- On Friday, May 15, 2020, ADHS announced that the Arizona Testing Blitz would be extended for two more weekends, to May 30. People who visit an Arizona Testing Blitz site can get a PCR test, which is a diagnostic test that determines if a person is currently infected with COVID-19. The cost of the test will vary by site depending on which healthcare partner is providing the testing and you may be required to pre-register. Read more here. To learn more about COVID-19 testing in general, click here.
On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, ADHS launched the Arizona Surge Line. The new call line is now live, toll-free, and available 24/7. Hospitals can call at any time and arrange for the transfer of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases to facilities that can provide a more appropriate level of care. ArMA worked closely with ADHS to staff this initiative. ADHS is also seeking critical care and palliative care physicians who would be willing to volunteer their time for this initiative. Click here to read the full news release from ADHS or click here to go directly to the Arizona Surge Line website for more information.
- 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 declaration and executive order.
For up-to-date information, visit the CDC's COVID-19 website and the WHO's COVID-19 website
Are you a physician or other healthcare professional interested in volunteering during Arizona's ongoing COVID-19 outbreak? 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 uniquely challenging times for public health.
The first step in volunteering is to register with the Arizona Emergency System for the Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (AZ-ESAR-VHP).
Once registered, you can request membership into the COVID-19 Response or other categories of interest. Your service to Arizona's patients will not go unrecognized.
ArMA continues to remain in constant contact with the state's top health care decisionmakers, from the Governor's office to ADHS. ArMA played a central role in Governor Ducey's Executive Orders on telemedicine coverage, malpractice liability reform, elective surgeries, and more.
Check back in the coming weeks as we share more details of our advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels! For more detailed 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.
ArMA is dedicated to providing you with access to the most up-to-date information regarding the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. As you continue to tune in to our virtual town halls, we will also continue to provide you with unparalleled access to our state's top health care decisionmakers, from insurers to legislators and beyond. Visit ArMA's YouTube channel to watch past town halls.
Check back in the coming days for more information on recent appearances ArMA members have made in the media regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in Arizona.
Click here to be taken to ArMA's dedicated page of COVID-19 resources for physicians and the public.