Current COVID-19 Cases
- Confirmed Positives in House: 8 (VHMC), 12 (Behavioral Health)
- Persons Under Investigation (PUI): 8 (VHMC), 1 (Behavioral Health)
- Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 12
- Patients Discharged in Last 24 hours: 1
Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 Surge Line
As part of a group created by the Arizona Department of Health Services to manage the transfer of COVID-19 positive patients throughout the state, Valleywise Health has accepted a patient from northern Arizona. The patient was transferred to Valleywise Health Medical Center as part of the plan to ensure adequate resources for treatment statewide.
Healthcare Facility Guidelines for COVID-19
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has released guidelines for infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations. The guidelines also outline goals and strategies for all Maricopa County healthcare facilities to prepare for and respond to community spread of COVID-19. Click here to access the resource.
Free Meals from McDonalds
As a token of appreciation, McDonald's is giving away free Thank You meals to frontline heroes. Stop by a participating McDonald's from April 22 through May 5, 2020. Click here for details.
Rapid Testing for COVID-19
Valleywise Health Director of Lab Services Wes Candelaria spoke with media about Valleywise Health's new COVID-19 test, which has a turnaround time of about 45 minutes. Sarah Namdarian, Microbiology Supervisor, conducted the Spanish-language interviews. See Fox 10 video report.
Prensa Arizona Column
Mary Rose Wilcox, Vice Chairman of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board, penned a column in Prensa Arizona about Valleywise Health's continued commitment to the community during the pandemic: "Valleywise Health has been serving our community for over 140 years, and we strive to always be your trusted partner in health. Our care teams are well trained and prepared to provide safe and effective care during this COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. And we want to assure you that we are taking every safety precaution to protect you, our visitors and team members during this public health emergency."
Kids’ Mental Health
Children may express their feelings about COVID-19 in different ways. Look for the cues and talk to them about it. For more information, read this blog by Valleywise child psychiatrist Wendy Watson, MD, MPH.