Will Arizona Be Hit By A Second Wave Of COVID-19?

Arizona is slowly reopening its economy, but hospitals in the state continue to serve seriously ill COVID-19 patients and their providers preparing for yet another spike in infections.

Health leaders are not only preparing for an extension of COVID-19 in Arizona and a possible increase in the disease in the fall and winter, but they are also organizing for 2021.

Unless a vaccine is obtained soon, more virus-related illnesses may appear next spring.

“My concern is that people may think that because the state is opening up, the virus is gone. The virus is still here,” said Dr. Marjorie Bessel, clinical director of Banner Health hospital, which is the state’s largest health system.

“Right now, we have over 400 people hospitalized in our system who are COVID positive or suspected. We have 100 people hooked up to ventilators in that same category. The threat of the pandemic will not go away substantially for a long time.”

The State system for COVID-19 remains in force for one year

Arizona has a statewide hotline, which aims to evenly distribute sick patients with COVID-19 to their hospitals so that no single entity is overwhelmed with cases and to ensure that teams such as ventilators and intensive care beds are available for those who need it.

That means rival hospitals and hospital systems across the state, which normally compete with each other, share patients.

The hotline has been in place since April 21 and was funded to last a year, said Frey, who worked on developing the system with the state and other Arizona health leaders.

“This will work for weeks or months to get past this particular seasonal version of COVID-19,” said Frey. “Depending on the timing and distribution of a vaccine sometime in 2021, we may have another round of infection this coming winter and spring.”

It is possible that the distribution line of the patients will be inactive for a period and reactivate depending on the cases, he said.

'A Balancing Act By Reopening The State'

Predicting a second wave is conjecture because much of it will depend on human behavior. But a careful measure of social distancing does not necessarily mean closing the economy.

Many health care experts say the fight for health care needs to be balanced with economic conflict, because a financial recession can lead to poor health outcomes, well beyond the cost of COVID-19.

“People lose their jobs, they lose their health insurance, and that has a negative effect on their health and, therefore, on the health of our communities,” Bessel said. “It is a balancing act by reopening the state.”

Arizona Cities Declare A State Of Emergency Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

Cities in Arizona have been passing ordinance or declaration of emergencies as the coronavirus pandemic spreads globally.

Phoenix – State of Emergency

A state of emergency was declared in Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to stop the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Kate Gallego tweeted this afternoon, declaring a state of emergency in Phoenix.

In a video posted on social media, Gallego described the outbreak in alarming terms.

“What (health experts) have told me,” Gallego said, “is that right now they are preparing to care for people in groups of 10 because they do not have enough beds, which we hope the doctors will have to make heartbreaking decisions. about who should use a fan and who shouldn’t. “

“These are very difficult times for the country and our city, but we are trying to do our best to support our health system and give them the opportunity to fight.”

Maricopa County – Local Emergency

The county council declared a local emergency for the entire county on Wednesday, March 18.

Council President Clint Hickman signed a Local Emergency Proclamation for Maricopa County.

This will provide more resources to assist the county in coordinating measures to better respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

The declaration will allow the city to use emergency funds to obtain supplies and materials and to request financial aid and other forms of assistance from federal, state, and county authorities to prevent the spread of the virus in the city.

Health Officials Confirm A Case Of Coronavirus In Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Public Health Department today announced that a Maricopa County resident had been diagnosed with coronavirus. The confirmed case is a person who recently returned after traveling to Wuhan, China.

Officials say the infected person is part of the community but does not live in the university housing.

According to officials, this person is not seriously ill and is currently isolated to prevent the disease from spreading.

MCDPH and ADHS are working to identify whether the person will infect people who had close contact and may have been exposed to the infected person. These people will be monitored to see if they have symptoms of fever or other respiratory symptoms.

The CDC, which is monitoring passengers on direct flights from Wuhan to five major airports in the United States, says they expect more Americans to be diagnosed with the new virus. There is an incubation period of around two weeks.

The Associated Press said that the virus is a member of the coronavirus family, presenting symptoms such as cough, pneumonia, fever, and wheezing. The virus is called a cousin to the deadly SARS and MERS virus, of which there has been an outbreak in the past.

Health officials warn residents that flu and other respiratory illnesses are circulating in the community and recommend vaccinating against the flu and taking preventive measures.

The best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based disinfectant is recommended.
  • Avoid contact with eyes, nose, and mouth if you have not washed your hands
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover sneezes with paper and throw it away immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect the surfaces it touches

If you have recently traveled to Wuhan, China, and have a cough fever and respiratory problems during the last 14 days of your trip or have had contact with someone suspected of having the coronavirus, stay home and call your doctor immediately. If you do not have a GP, go to the emergency room for instructions on how to proceed.