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Public Health Director's Most Recent Updates:

  • October 7th Updates

    October 7, 2021 – 12:00 PM

    On October 6th, following a proclamation read by County Attorney Volkmer, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors declared October 2021 as Domestic Violence Awareness month in Pinal County. Although rates of domestic violence during the pandemic will never be fully captured, stressors such as loss of income, isolation, and high rates of substance use are known risk factors for interpersonal violence. This includes children witnessing violence and having abuse directed at them. The primary prevention efforts of public health focus on youth initiatives that promote healthy relationships and safe environments. We ask you to join us and model healthy relationships. Our medical forensics program and public health clinics also assist survivors experiencing the health effects of domestic violence.

    This proclamation reminds us that the essence of Pinal County is a sense of shared concern for each other. Sometimes we hesitate and wonder if there are "perfect words" to use when reaching out to a friend or family member. When you speak from the heart and listen without judgment your words will be fine. Start the conversation in a safe place. "I'm worried about you...or I'm concerned about your safety because..."

    To get help, the 24 hour free National DV Hotline is: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) TTY 1-800-787-3224 or text "START" to 88788. You can also chat online at www.thehotline.org

    As always, if you are in danger, please dial 911. (If you can't call, text to 911)

    With Gratitude For Your Efforts,
    Tascha Spears, Ph.D., M.Sc., RN

    • September 30th Updates

      September 30, 2021 – 2:00 PM

      This Friday, October 1, is the tenth annual National Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) Recognition Day dedicated to frontline public health specialists fighting diseases such as tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV. These public health team members have continued this work in addition to supporting our public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
      Find the latest national statistics at https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/default.htm

      During the pandemic, STDs have been on the rise. If you are concerned you might have a STD, it is important you get tested and receive treatment as needed. To find a STD test site closest to you, enter your zip code on the ADHS site at https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/disease-integration-services/std-control/index.php in the bottom right hand corner.

      To our Pinal County Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Surveillance (IDES) team, thank you for your tireless efforts in taking care of our Pinal County communities.

      • September 27th Updates

        September 27, 2021 – 2:00 PM

        The CDC has updated the following information regarding the COVID-19 Pfizer booster shots:

        https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

        • September 24th Updates

          September 24, 2021 – 11:00 AM

          ADHS has released their news brief on the CDC's recommendations regarding booster doses, which also includes the updated recommendation from the CDC on high risk occupations and settings.

          Please see the following link:

          https://www.azdhs.gov/director/public-information-office/index.php#news-release-092421

          • September 23rd Updates

            September 23, 2021 – 5:00 PM

            Although it can be confusing, there is a difference in the words "third doses" and "booster doses."

            -Third doses are for "moderate to severely immunocompromised people" and these persons can receive either Moderna or Pfizer. The third dose can be given "at least 28 days after the second dose, or later." Ideally, the same vaccine would be administered as the third dose. For example if your first two doses were Moderna, your third dose would be Moderna.

            -Booster doses were voted on today (9/23/21) by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Booster doses are for particular groups of people described below. They are given at least 6 months after completion of the 2nd dose, or later. Booster doses ONLY pertain to PFIZER at this time.

            The following was voted on by ACIP:

            ACIP Vote #1
            -ACIP voted 15-0 to recommend “A single Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for persons age 65+ and long term care residents, at least 6 months after a primary series under FDA Emergency Use Authorization.”

            ACIP Vote #2
            -ACIP voted 13-2 to recommend “A single Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for persons aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions, at least 6 months after primary series under FDA Emergency Use Authorization.”

            ACIP Vote #3 Interim Recommendation:
            -ACIP voted 9-6 to recommend “A single Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for persons based on individual benefit and risk who are aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions, at least 6 months after primary series under FDA Emergency Use Authorization.”

            If you are looking for vaccine locations, please check the website vaccines.gov or the ADHS website https://www.azdhs.gov/covid19/vaccines/index.php#find-vaccines Or call ADHS at 1-844-542-8201 (Select Option 8). At this number, ADHS also has vaccine navigators that can help you. If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to call the public health department at 1-866-960-0633.

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