Arizona hospitals activate emergency plans as coronavirus cases spike
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • one month ago • 25 comments
By: Amanda Woods
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (right) and Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. Ross D. Franklin/AP
June 9, 2020
The Arizona Department of Health Services urged the state’s hospitals to “fully activate” their emergency plans — as the state has seen a spike in coronavirus cases since reopening last month, according to new reports.
The letter, dated Saturday and signed by health services director Cara Christ, urged hospitals to prepare surge beds, cross-train staff and “reduce or suspend elective surgeries to ensure adequate bed capacity” for COVID and non-COVID patients alike.
The letter includes many of the same recommendations outlined in another memo sent to hospitals in March — except the new letter comes weeks after Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order expired May 15. Statewide coronavirus cases have more than doubled since then, KPNX reported.