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Public Health Director's Most Recent Updates:

  • February 14th Updates

    February 14, 2022 – 2:00 PM

    On 02/11/22 The FDA announced the emergency use authorization for a new monoclonal antibody product, Bebtelovimab, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in patients 12 years of age and older, who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19. Bebtelovimab is administered as an intravenous injection and has found to be effective against the Omicron variant.

    USA 111 Lilly Bebtelovimab LOA (02112022) .pdf

    Bebtelovimab is expected to be allocated to states starting today-February 14, 2022 but must be ordered through the Health Partner Order Portal(HPOP) by facilities and providers wanting an allocation. There will be limited supply initially. See the ADHS therapeutics link as more information becomes available.

    • January 31st Updates

      January 31, 2022 – 2:00 PM

      Today, 1/31/22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the approval for a second COVID-19 vaccine-the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The approved vaccine will now be marketed by the name Spikevax, for individuals 18 years and older.

      See the FDA update here: and the information for Recipients and Caregivers for Spikevax here:

      • January 31st Updates

        January 31, 2022 – 9:00 AM

        The federal Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR) will make NIOSH-approved N95 masks available free of charge at retail pharmacies and community health centers nationwide.The retail pharmacies and community health centers that will have the masks are those that are already federal vaccine partners. You can check to see which pharmacies are federal vaccine partners. The N95 masks began shipping on 01/20/2022.

        ASPR website has additional information on this program

        • January 27th Updates

          January 27, 2022 – 9:00 AM

          On 1/24/22, the FDA revised the authorizations for two monoclonal antibody treatments – bamlanivimab and etesevimab (administered together) and REGEN-COV (casirivimab and imdevimab). These two antibody treatments have been paused and are not available at this time since they are not likely to be effective with the omicron variant which is most widespread. Other treatments are available and healthcare providers in Pinal County have been updated regarding the latest FDA revisions.

          ADHS has posted this update yesterday on the status of monoclonal antibodies in Arizona:

          • January 25th Updates

            January 25, 2022 – 4:00 PM

            On Wednesday (01/19/2022), HHS announced that 400 million N95 masks will be available for free at thousands of pharmacies and community health centers nationwide.

            We currently do not have information on which locations are receiving the masks - we will provide an update when we receive additional information. Please see the link from the HHS Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for an update on the new COVID-19 N95 Mask Program:

            • January 21st Updates

              January 21, 2022 – 8:00 AM

              There has been so much emphasis on COVID testing that unfortunately some are requiring a negative COVID test in order to allow a person with COVID back to work.

              A recent article (2022) by Dr. Wen, ER physician reminds us of the difference between "infected" with the virus and "infectious" which means "you are shedding enough of the virus to possibly transmit the infection to someone else." According to research by Mina et. al. (2021), these researchers suggest that a more relevant question if one has had a follow-up test is: "Is the positive sample from your nose from an earlier infection and are you infectious today?" The most infectious period of COVID is 2 days prior to symptom onset and up to 5 days after symptom onset. (If one is asymptomatic, the infectious period is more difficult to accurately determine).

              It has been established that COVID PCR tests are highly sensitive to even tiny fragments of the virus and PCR tests can show a positive result even weeks after one has recovered and past the infectious stage. Friendly reminder folks - if you are sick, please stay home. Don't base your decision strictly on a COVID test. You might have the flu or strep or any number of illnesses. Rest, hydrate, take fever reducing medications if needed and seek medical care as needed.

              • January 18th Updates

                January 18, 2022 – 8:00 AM

                The federal government has advised that individuals can order 4 free Covid take home tests per household through a government website starting January 19th.

                See here:

                • January 13th Updates

                  January 13, 2022 – 2:00 PM

                  ADHS updated their link for those seeking COVID-19 therapeutics, including monoclonal antibodies and other treatments.

                  See here:

                  • January 12th Updates

                    January 12, 2022 – 1:00 PM

                    The Department of Health and Human Services has just launched their link for healthcare providers licensed to prescribe "therapeutics," the monoclonal antibody treatment Evusheld and oral therapies, Paxlovid and Molnupiravir.

                    All of these therapies require a licensed provider prescription and there is criteria associated with which patients/clients are eligible to receive these.


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