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Mosquito-borne diseases impact the health of Arizonans every year. The most common mosquito-borne disease in Arizona is West Nile Virus (WNV), spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There have been 16 cases of WNV in Arizona so far this year (2021) and a total of 4 confirmed cases in Pinal County since 2018. Given this year’s monsoon season with more water than in previous years, we do anticipate seeing some human cases of West Nile Virus.

For more information on West Nile Virus in Arizona, see the ADHS website:
https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/mosquito-borne/west-nile-virus/index.php

See the flyers for details and how you can prevent WNV.

Mosquito-borne diseases impact the health of Arizonans every year. The most common mosquito-borne disease in Arizona is West Nile Virus (WNV), spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There have been 16 cases of WNV in Arizona so far this year (2021) and a total of 4 confirmed cases in Pinal County since 2018. Given this year’s monsoon season with more water than in previous years, we do anticipate seeing some human cases of West Nile Virus. For more information on West Nile Virus in Arizona, see the ADHS website: https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/mosquito-borne/west-nile-virus/index.php See the flyers for details and how you can prevent WNV.

Pinal County Public Health Services District (PCPHSD) Environmental Health Division will conduct mosquito fogging in several areas of Pinal County starting Thursday, August 19, 2021 running through Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each night. 

Each area will be fogged all three days. The areas to be fogged include: 
• Maricopa - the Maricopa Meadows Subdivision.
• North of the Town of Florence – Oasis @ Magic Ranch Subdivision and the adjacent nearby acreage properties.
•  Arizona City – the area encompassing Alsdorf Road to the north, Sunland Gin Road to the east, Phillips Road to the south, and Squatter Road to the west. 

See post for more details.

Pinal County Public Health Services District (PCPHSD) Environmental Health Division will conduct mosquito fogging in several areas of Pinal County starting Thursday, August 19, 2021 running through Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each night. Each area will be fogged all three days. The areas to be fogged include: • Maricopa - the Maricopa Meadows Subdivision. • North of the Town of Florence – Oasis @ Magic Ranch Subdivision and the adjacent nearby acreage properties. • Arizona City – the area encompassing Alsdorf Road to the north, Sunland Gin Road to the east, Phillips Road to the south, and Squatter Road to the west. See post for more details.

During seasonal mosquito surveillance the Pinal County Public Health Services District (PCPHSD) has continued to detect West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes in the county - help prevent mosquito related illness.

During seasonal mosquito surveillance the Pinal County Public Health Services District (PCPHSD) has continued to detect West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes in the county - help prevent mosquito related illness.

 
First Feed: Virtual Breastfeeding Education & Support Group. Join the WIC breastfeeding team on Wednesdays at 6:30pm to learn about breastfeeding and how to make it work in your life.

For more information, text the word "Class" to 602-390-7009.

ℹPinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event TODAY, August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi

First Feed: Virtual Breastfeeding Education & Support Group. Join the WIC breastfeeding team on Wednesdays at 6:30pm to learn about breastfeeding and how to make it work in your life. For more information, text the word "Class" to 602-390-7009. ℹPinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event TODAY, August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi #worldbreastfeedingweek2021 #protectbreastfeeding

What's your milestone? WIC would love to know your breastfeeding milestones! 

Share your experience with your local WIC breastfeeding peer counselor and find out which badge you've earned!

ℹPinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi

What's your milestone? WIC would love to know your breastfeeding milestones! Share your experience with your local WIC breastfeeding peer counselor and find out which badge you've earned! ℹPinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi #WBW2021 #worldbreastfeedingweek2021

Pinal County Breastfeeding Resources: 

- 24 hour Breastfeeding Hotline 1-800-833-4642
- Breastfeeding peer counselors
- WIC Nutritionists
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
- La Leche League Leader
- Family and friends with breastfeeding experience
- Medical providers
- WIC Central Appointment Desk 1-866-960-0633 

ℹPinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Register here (updated link): https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi

Pinal County Breastfeeding Resources: - 24 hour Breastfeeding Hotline 1-800-833-4642 - Breastfeeding peer counselors - WIC Nutritionists - International Board Certified Lactation Consultant - La Leche League Leader - Family and friends with breastfeeding experience - Medical providers - WIC Central Appointment Desk 1-866-960-0633 ℹPinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Register here (updated link): https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi #worldbreastfeedingweek2021 #protectbreastfeeding

How does WIC help breastfeeding parents? ⬇️

WIC offers: 
- Parents who breastfeed can participate until their baby is 1 year
- WIC Nutritionist & Dietitians
- WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
- Breastfeeding classes
- Breastfeeding support groups
- Supplies: learning materials, milk storage bags, breast pads, pumps

ℹPinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Join with link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi

How does WIC help breastfeeding parents? ⬇️ WIC offers: - Parents who breastfeed can participate until their baby is 1 year - WIC Nutritionist & Dietitians - WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors - International Board Certified Lactation Consultants - Breastfeeding classes - Breastfeeding support groups - Supplies: learning materials, milk storage bags, breast pads, pumps ℹPinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Join with link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi #worldbreastfeedingweek2021 #breastfeeding4publichealth

 
Breastmilk storage tips:

💧Freeze milk in small amounts of 2 to 4 ounces to avoid waste. 
💧Store milk in the back of the freezer or refrigerator, not the door.
💧When freezing leave an inch of space at the top of the container; breast milk expands as it freezes.
💧Milk can be stored in an insulated cooler bag with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours.
💧If you don't plan to use freshly expressed milk within 4 days, freeze it right away. 

ℹ Pinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Join with link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi

Breastmilk storage tips: 💧Freeze milk in small amounts of 2 to 4 ounces to avoid waste. 💧Store milk in the back of the freezer or refrigerator, not the door. 💧When freezing leave an inch of space at the top of the container; breast milk expands as it freezes. 💧Milk can be stored in an insulated cooler bag with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours. 💧If you don't plan to use freshly expressed milk within 4 days, freeze it right away. ℹ Pinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Join with link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi #WBW2021 #worldbreastfeedingweek2021

Parents who breastfeed are healthier! They have a quicker recovery period, less risk of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer, and less risk of postpartum depression. 

ℹ️ Pinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Join with link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi

Parents who breastfeed are healthier! They have a quicker recovery period, less risk of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer, and less risk of postpartum depression. ℹ️ Pinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Join with link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi #WBW2021 #worldbreastfeedingweek2021

This week, we are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week! The focus this year is to protect breastfeeding as a shared responsibility. Follow along for daily breastfeeding tips and education from Pinal County WIC 💜 Celebrate Every Drop.

ℹ️ Pinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Join with link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi

This week, we are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week! The focus this year is to protect breastfeeding as a shared responsibility. Follow along for daily breastfeeding tips and education from Pinal County WIC 💜 Celebrate Every Drop. ℹ️ Pinal County WIC is hosting a virtual event August 7th at 3:00pm, as an educational opportunity for parents to discover what programs Pinal County has to offer for children Birth- 5+ years. Join with link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdu-hrTwtH90orFsxDEDUkQcg9snO9wJi #WBW2021 #worldbreastfeedingweek2021

Did you know we have 11 Public Health clinics throughout Pinal County? Providing services from WIC, Family Planning, STD testing, immunizations, and more! 

Schedule an appointment today 📋 1-866-960-0633 or visit our site  pinalcountyaz/publichealth

Did you know we have 11 Public Health clinics throughout Pinal County? Providing services from WIC, Family Planning, STD testing, immunizations, and more! Schedule an appointment today 📋 1-866-960-0633 or visit our site pinalcountyaz/publichealth

 
This week, during routine mosquito surveillance, the Pinal County Public Health Services District detected the first West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes in the county this season. Help prevent mosquito-related illness!

This week, during routine mosquito surveillance, the Pinal County Public Health Services District detected the first West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes in the county this season. Help prevent mosquito-related illness!

From our Public Health Director: 

Yesterday, moderate to heavy smoke was observed in the Superior area resulting in concern from town management. This advisory is general in nature and is intended to provide health-based guidance for residents that may be impacted by smoke.

To view the full Air Quality Advisory, go to:  https://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/AirQuality/Documents/Public%20Notices/Pinal%20County%20Air%20Advisory%2006162021.pdf 

Tascha Spears, Ph.D., MSc., RN

From our Public Health Director: Yesterday, moderate to heavy smoke was observed in the Superior area resulting in concern from town management. This advisory is general in nature and is intended to provide health-based guidance for residents that may be impacted by smoke. To view the full Air Quality Advisory, go to: https://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/AirQuality/Documents/Public%20Notices/Pinal%20County%20Air%20Advisory%2006162021.pdf Tascha Spears, Ph.D., MSc., RN

In Observance of Memorial Day, Public Health offices, clinics, and some vaccine sites will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021.

All services will resume on Tuesday, June 1st.

In Observance of Memorial Day, Public Health offices, clinics, and some vaccine sites will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021. All services will resume on Tuesday, June 1st.

Opportunity to support breastfeeding mothers like yourself & work for WIC. 

To apply visit: Pinaljobs.com

Opportunity to support breastfeeding mothers like yourself & work for WIC. To apply visit: Pinaljobs.com

 
From our Public Health Director:

On Friday, ACIP met today to review the pause on the Janssen COVID vaccine due to blood clots and low platelet counts. Fifteen cases were reviewed, along with research and clinical discussions.  At the culmination of the meeting, members voted to resume Janssen COVID vaccinations, citing the benefits of continued use.  The interim recommendation is:

"Janssen vaccine is recommended for persons 18 years of age and older in the U.S. population under the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization." 

Discussion also included the importance of those administering the vaccine ensuring that both the benefits and risks of the vaccine are understood, including a risk of blood clots with low platelets, particularly in women under the age of 50. The signs and symptoms to be aware of that require emergency medical attention include severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, and shortness of breath within 1-3 weeks post Janssen vaccination.

Pinal County COVID vaccination teams will be meeting next week to further discuss the new interim recommendation. Janssen vaccine is not yet available again for administration at this time. 

With Gratitude for Your efforts,
Tascha Spears, Ph.D., MSc., RN

From our Public Health Director: On Friday, ACIP met today to review the pause on the Janssen COVID vaccine due to blood clots and low platelet counts. Fifteen cases were reviewed, along with research and clinical discussions. At the culmination of the meeting, members voted to resume Janssen COVID vaccinations, citing the benefits of continued use. The interim recommendation is: "Janssen vaccine is recommended for persons 18 years of age and older in the U.S. population under the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization." Discussion also included the importance of those administering the vaccine ensuring that both the benefits and risks of the vaccine are understood, including a risk of blood clots with low platelets, particularly in women under the age of 50. The signs and symptoms to be aware of that require emergency medical attention include severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, and shortness of breath within 1-3 weeks post Janssen vaccination. Pinal County COVID vaccination teams will be meeting next week to further discuss the new interim recommendation. Janssen vaccine is not yet available again for administration at this time. With Gratitude for Your efforts, Tascha Spears, Ph.D., MSc., RN

Round Up from our Public Health Director this week about the

Round Up from our Public Health Director this week about the #COVID19 Vaccines: As of today, Pinal County community vaccine teams have administered 132,239 doses of COVID vaccines. A friendly reminder that the State run COVID vaccine sites and some federal pharmacy programs are administering Pfizer COVID vaccine which is for persons ages 16 and older. Pinal County sites are administering either Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) for ages 18 and older. If you are between the ages of 16 and 18, please be sure you are scheduled at a location that offers the Pfizer vaccine as you are not eligible for Moderna or Janssen. The current emergency use authorization for each vaccine type was based upon ages of study participants in clinical trials. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson all have clinical trials underway involving younger children, however that data has not yet been provided for emergency use authorization review. As we navigate through this pandemic, a friendly reminder to keep up preventive care such as your annual check up, eye and dental exams, mammograms or colorectal cancer screenings you may have missed this past year. Take care of each other and have an enjoyable weekend. With Gratitude for Your efforts, Tascha Spears, Ph.D., MSc., RN

Beginning Wednesday, 3/24/21, the state run vaccination sites will open up to all persons ages 16 and older. Sixteen year olds are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine which is offered at state sites. 

There are currently over 50,000 appointments available at state run sites. 

Pinal County vaccination sites are currently open to all persons ages 18 and older. The lower age limit of 18 years differs from the state sites because county sites administer Moderna and Janssen vaccines which require one to be 18 or older. 

Our diagnostic positivity rate which tells us about active COVID illness in the community.  It has decreased from 14% last week to 11% today. 

We are definitely moving in the right direction.

Beginning Wednesday, 3/24/21, the state run vaccination sites will open up to all persons ages 16 and older. Sixteen year olds are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine which is offered at state sites. There are currently over 50,000 appointments available at state run sites. Pinal County vaccination sites are currently open to all persons ages 18 and older. The lower age limit of 18 years differs from the state sites because county sites administer Moderna and Janssen vaccines which require one to be 18 or older. Our diagnostic positivity rate which tells us about active COVID illness in the community. It has decreased from 14% last week to 11% today. We are definitely moving in the right direction.

Pinal County COVID Vaccine community providers are opening up COVID vaccinations for those 18 years of age and older who live or work in Pinal County. This is at the County vaccine locations.  Please note that state and federal pharmacy locations have different priority groups. 

The Pinal County COVID vaccine webpage identifies which vaccine is offered - Moderna or Janssen. There are currently appointments available on the Pinal County COVID Vaccine locations page.

ℹ️For more information click the link on bio

Pinal County COVID Vaccine community providers are opening up COVID vaccinations for those 18 years of age and older who live or work in Pinal County. This is at the County vaccine locations. Please note that state and federal pharmacy locations have different priority groups. The Pinal County COVID vaccine webpage identifies which vaccine is offered - Moderna or Janssen. There are currently appointments available on the Pinal County COVID Vaccine locations page. ℹ️For more information click the link on bio

 
There are some limited appointments for the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) covid vaccine at the county vaccination Florence library location for tomorrow (Tuesday 03/16/21) and Wednesday 3/17/21.

Please register via:  https://healow.com/apps/jsp/webview/openaccess/widgets/uc/ucFacility.jsp?apu_id=15607&facility_id=38 

or call 1-866-960-0633 to schedule if you don't have internet access.

For more information visit our website. 

➡️ Link in bio

There are some limited appointments for the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) covid vaccine at the county vaccination Florence library location for tomorrow (Tuesday 03/16/21) and Wednesday 3/17/21. Please register via: https://healow.com/apps/jsp/webview/openaccess/widgets/uc/ucFacility.jsp?apu_id=15607&facility_id=38 or call 1-866-960-0633 to schedule if you don't have internet access. For more information visit our website. ➡️ Link in bio

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