Coronavirus updates from Alliance partners

Valleywise Health

Current COVID-19 Cases

  • Confirmed Positives in House: 7 (VHMC), 16 (Behavioral Health)
  • Persons Under Investigation (PUI): 8 (VHMC), 3 (Behavioral Health)
  • Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 20
  • Patients Discharged in Last 24 hours: 2

Valley Well! Valle Salud!

It's predicted that the peak of COVID-19 cases in Arizona is near, but there's still a long way to go. On the next episode of Valley Well! Valle Salud!, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael White explains what we can expect next, and what the "new normal" may look like. The show airs Sunday, April 26 at 7 a.m. on Live 101.5, 94.5 KOOL FM and KMLE Country 107.9. Get a sneak peak at the show by clicking here.  

Lesser Known Symptoms

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, congestion, shortness of breath and fever, but there are some lesser known symptoms such as loss of taste, skin lesions and blood clotting. Valleywise Health Dr. Ross Goldberg talks about these other symptoms with Scott Pasmore of AZFamily.

Impact of Rapid COVID-19 Testing

This week’s implementation of rapid COVID-19 testing, which provides results in about 45 minutes, has allowed Valleywise to better streamline initial placement of patients into the appropriate treatment areas within the medical center and behavioral health. Decreasing the delay improves the ability to meet the specific needs of patients and care teams in the treatment process. Click here to see full story on ABC15 Arizona.

Masks and Cards

More than 400 masks and dozens of cards written by children and adults were collected from the donation bins outside Valleywise Health Medical Center this week, providing staff with much needed PPE and encouraging words from the community. Masks will be sanitized and distributed in the coming days. 

Rounding at Maryvale

President & CEO Steve Purves, Chief Nursing Officer Sherry Stotler, VP of Ancillary and Support Services Jo-el Detzel, Director of Professional Practice and Service Excellence Sherrie Beardsley and others spent Friday morning passing out goodies and visiting with staff at Valleywise Emergency – Maryvale and Valleywise Behavioral Health Center – Maryvale. A portion of the food and refreshments were generously donated by Scottsdale Bible Church. Thank you for all your hard work and continued dedication to our patients and the community!

Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19

Feeling anxious? Lonely? Scared? All of these feelings are normal right now. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your loved ones or a professional if you need someone to talk to. You can make a telehealth appointment today at 1-833-VLLYWSE (833-855-9973). Central Arizona Crisis Line: 602-222-9444 or 800-631-1314.

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Wellness Connection

Your well-being is important, and CommonSpirit Health’s Wellness Connection is full of information and tips to support your mind, body and spirit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you're working on the front lines or behind the scenes providing support, you'll find something useful and helpful.

A Boost of Energy and Morale

The community continues to show its support to St. Joseph’s staff—this time with hydration drinks and energy bars. As part of Thank You Thursday, the gifts were distributed in Café 1895 during lunch and dinner. What a great boost to energy and morale!

Café 1895 Hours to Change in May

The pandemic has slowed business to Café 1895. As a measure of good stewardship, the café, including the market, will change its hours to 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. starting Monday, May 4. Hours of operation will be re-evaluated should circumstances change.