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  • Healthcare Capacity Criteria Explanation

    This set of criteria helps us understand our healthcare system’s ability to identify new cases of COVID-19 AND the ability of hospitals and other healthcare facilities to safely and responsibly provide care for patients should a surge in COVID-19 cases occur. Our healthcare system’s capacity to provide testing for anyone with symptoms, care to patients, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their staff makes it possible for our community to respond to future cases of COVID-19:

    Testing for all symptomatic patients

    Not Met – The number of new tests completed continues to plateau or decrease, regardless of rate

    Progress – The number of new tests completed begins to increase over a 7 day period

    Criteria Met – The number of new tests completed increases for at least 14 days AND continues to increase while all other criteria are met. If the number of new tests completed begins to decrease for more than a 7 day period, the category will return to “Progress.”


    Tracking Source – ADHS Laboratory Testing https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/covid-19/dashboards/index.php


    Staffing & beds to care for 2X the current COVID cases (+ surge) – Statewide

    Not Met – The number of inpatient, ICU, and emergency room positive or suspected COVID-19 patients continues to increase or plateau, regardless of rate

    Progress – The number of inpatient, ICU, and emergency room positive or suspected COVID-19 patients decreases for at least a 7 day period

    Criteria Met – The number of inpatient, ICU, and emergency room positive or suspected COVID-19 patients continues to decrease for a continual 14 days AND remains decreasing while all other criteria are met. If the number of inpatient, ICU, and emergency room positive or suspected COVID-19 patients begins to increase, the category will return to “Progress.”


    Tracking Source – ADHS COVID-19 Deaths Data Portal

    https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/covid-19/dashboards/index.php


    Sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare and emergency responders

    Not Met – Healthcare partners continue to request PPE from sources outside their normal supply channels (i.e. county, state, or federal stockpiles or directly purchased supplies)

    Progress – Requests for county, state, or federally provided PPE decrease by 50% and do not increase

    Criteria Met – No new requests for county, state, or federally provided PPE supplies

    Tracking Source – Logistics Requests and Distributions Report https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=533608


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