Coronavirus updates from Alliance partners

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Cloth Masks and Sanitizer Coming this Week

St. Joseph’s will begin distributing cloth masks and sanitizer to staff members this week and both items were developed by St. Joseph’s employees. The reusable cloth mask was designed by Ron Gagliano, MD, placed into production by our supply chain team, and sewn locally. Lara Schaheen, MD, helped develop the sanitizer now being used by the SJHMC team. Individuals at Norton Thoracic Institute and OHSO Brewery donated ingredients and time to produce it.

Hospital leaders will begin distributing these items to their teams later this week.

HIPAA Remains in Effect

As Dignity Health Arizona continues its efforts on the frontlines of COVID-19, employees need to be mindful of what they’re sharing. Patient privacy is important, as is other confidential health information. What employees discuss or post on their personal social media accounts can be taken as a direct reflection of the organization. Employees sharing about your work, please use your best judgment and be careful not to share confidential patient or health care information.

Thanks to Our Laboratory Team

Take time to thank our lab team for all that they do to improve health care and assist our patients. This is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, which provides the profession with an opportunity to increase understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel. Please show your appreciation!

In the Market Place

St. Joseph’s Café 1895 has added new offerings to its market. Starting today, you’ll find a wide range of heat-and-serve meals, along with grocery staples.

A Shout Out to Our Donors

Several amazing individuals and businesses have shown their support to the St. Joseph’s team during the pandemic. Below is a list of some of our supporters:

  • Barry's Ace Hardware
  • Conair
  • CVS (Bethany Home and 75th Ave.)
  • Denny's (1-17 and Thomas)
  • Drink Recover 180
  • Home Depot (Arrowhead Ranch)
  • Home Depot (West Bell Rd.)
  •  Home Depot (Thunderbird)
  • Home Depot (Thomas Rd.)
  • Home Depot (Chandler & Germann Rd.)
  • Home Depot (Tatum & Bell Rd.)
  • Jamba Juice
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • Los Dos Molinos
  • LTSO
  • OHSO Brewery
  • PepsiCo
  • Phoenix College
  • Pima Medical Institute
  • RSG Roofing
  • Sherwin-Williams Inc.
  • Space Age Paint
  • Sonoran Kettle Corn
  • Tropical King Smoothie Cafe
  • United Chinese Association of Arizona
  • Virido

To learn more about St. Joseph's Foundation and how it is raising support for the hospital during this time, visit Or call 602.406.1038 or email

Valleywise Health

Current COVID-19 Cases

  • Confirmed Positives in House: 7 (VHMC), 7 (Behavioral Health)
  • Persons Under Investigation (PUI): 6 (VHMC), 0 (Behavioral Health)
  • Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 8
  • Patients Discharged in Last 24 hours: 2

New COVID-19 Testing Unit Arrives at VHMC Lab

Valleywise Health has acquired a new COVID-19 test with a turnaround time of about 45 minutes. The FDA has granted emergency use of this rapid molecular diagnostic to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. One advantage of the wash is that it doesn’t require swabs, which are in high demand and short supply. Learn more about the Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 test.

Interview with AZ Family

Valleywise Health Nurse Practitioner Tanya Sarkisian spoke with AZFamily’s Yetta Gibson about her experience working with COVID-19 patients and how prepared we are as a community to move forward. Watch the interview here.