Eight Arizona counties, including Pima, have high COVID-19 community levels – AZ Dept. of Health Services Director’s Blog

Eight Arizona counties, including Pima, have high COVID-19 community levels

Community LevelsEight Arizona counties, including Pima County, have high COVID-19 community levels in the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means masks are recommended for public indoor settings.

The other counties with high COVID-19 community levels are Apache, Cochise, Gila, Greenlee, La Paz, Navajo, and Yuma.

All other counties, including Maricopa, have medium community levels. For these counties, the CDC recommends talking to your health care provider if you are immunocompromised or at high risk of getting very sick to weigh whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions. 

Whatever the community level is in your area, we recommend assessing your risk and the risk of those around you when deciding on masks and other steps that reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. You’ll find more information on masks and mask use at azhealth.gov/Masks

COVID-19 cases have been increasing across the nation in recent weeks, making it more important than ever to make sure your vaccine protection is up to date by getting the Omicron booster. Recommended for everyone 5 and older at least two months after their last COVID-19 vaccination, this booster provides significant additional protection by targeting the Omicron variant. You can find providers across Arizona at azhealth.gov/FindVaccine.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and seasonal influenza also are active in Arizona. Please also get your flu shot and follow these simple steps to reduce the spread of influenza, RSV, and COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve, and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick in your home. 
  • Stay at home if you are sick.

Don Herrington, Interim Director, has been with ADHS since 2000. During this time he has served as the State’s Food Safety Manager, the Office Chief of Environmental Health, Bureau Chief of Epidemiology and Disease Control Services, Acting Assistant Director for Public Health Preparedness, Assistant Director for Public Health Preparedness.

Herrington is currently the department’s Deputy Director for Planning and Operations. In this role he oversees policy development, hiring professional and support staff and the department’s budget.

During his time in public health, Herrington has served on numerous councils, commissions and committees on behalf of the Director of ADHS, including Chair of the Arizona Sanitarians’ Council, Chair of the Arizona Infection Prevention and Control Advisory Committee, and as one of five voting members of the Arizona Emergency Response Commission.

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