Current COVID-19 Cases
- Confirmed Positives in House: 22 (VHMC), 4 (Behavioral Health)
- Persons Under Investigation (PUI): 1 (VHMC), 0 (Behavioral Health)
- Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 26
- Patients Discharged in Last 24 hours: 2 (VHMC), 0 (Behavioral Health)
PPE Days on Hand
- N95 Masks - 90
- Surgical Masks - 76
- Gloves (Pairs) - 39
- Gowns - 46
- Face Shields - 34
- Goggles - 191
Whether you’re on the front lines fighting COVID-19 or doing your part by staying home, Valleywise Health thanks everyone for helping to keep our community safe. Enjoy this Spanish-language video as a show of appreciation.
Family Learning Center Update
Social distancing hasn't stopped the fun for Family Learning Center families! Parents and children are making crafts and participating in weekly story time videos from the comfort and safety of their homes. The kid-friendly activities and ideas are being sent out each week through email in English and Spanish. Sign up for future Family Learning Center newsletters here.
Valley Well! Valle Salud!
Arizona doctors got the green light to resume elective surgeries but things are much different than they used to be before COVID-19. On the next episode of Valley Well! Valle Salud!, surgeons Dr. Sydney Vail and Dr. Ross Goldberg discuss what to expect regarding upcoming procedures, and what health care provider can do to keep patients safe. The show airs Sunday, May 17 at 7 a.m. on Live 1015, 94.5 KOOL FM and KMLE Country 107.9. You can listen now by clicking here.
Tito’s Hand Sanitizer
Thanks to Tito’s Handmade Vodka in Austin, Texas, for donating eight 55-gallon drums of hand sanitizer as well as 1,056 bottles of hand sanitizer to Valleywise Health earlier this week.
Comfort Mask Delivery
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services recently donated cotton comfort masks to several Valleywise Health locations. The masks are individually wrapped and come with helpful reminders about ways to stay healthy.
Employees who need a mask, please contact Crystal Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Language Services Highlighted in Prensa Arizona
Language Services Manager Martha Martinez and her team were featured this week on the cover of Prensa Arizona, the state’s largest Spanish-language newspaper. They discussed the importance of interpreters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you to the incredible interpreters and translators providing invaluable contributions to Valleywise’s mission of providing exceptional care to every patient.
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Hospital Week Appreciation Video
St. Joseph’s executive leadership has taped a special video message for staff in recognition of Hospital Week. To view that video, please click here.
IgG Antibody Testing Update
St. Joseph’s Hospital is nearly ready to begin IgG testing for staff. The commercial option will be available by late next week and the research option will be available by June 1. More details will be sent out once testing locations and arrangements have been finalized.
Returning to Work if You Are COVID 19 Positive
Symptomatic employees may return 10 days after the positive COVID-19 test and 72 hours symptom-free without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Asymptomatic COVID-19 positive employees can return 10 days after the positive COVID 19 test.
The BNI Innovation Center’s new lightweight “BIC 100 prototypes” or N95 replacement masks arrived this week and testing will begin with staff.
The reusable gown production has ramped up and the gown will soon be widely available for hospital use.
COVID-19 State and County Statistics