Spc. Justin Myers, 996th Area Support Medical Company, combat medic, assists Spc. Paige Curtiss, 253rd Engineer Battalion, food service specialist, with putting on personal protection equipment before entering a COVID-19 hot zone at an alternate care facility on the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Ariz., June 2, 2020. Arizona National Guard service members are assisting the Public Heath Service while they care for COVID-19 patients by providing security and other non-medical tasks as needed. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Matkin)

State Health Director Tells Arizona Hospitals to ‘Fully Activate’ Emergency Plans

As COVID-19 numbers in Arizona climbed last week, the state health director sent a letter to hospitals urging them to “fully activate” emergency plans.

Hospitals are also being asked to prepare for crisis care, and to suspend elective surgeries if they are experiencing a shortage of staff or bed capacity, Dr. Cara Christ, Arizona Department of Health Services director, says in the June 6 letter.

The letter was sent on the day after the chief clinical officer of Arizona’s largest health system — Banner Health — said ICU bed occupancy was growing, and that if current trends continued would exceed capacity.

Read more at the Arizona Republic

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