Celebrating Cochise Health and Social Services On National County Health Day, April 15
BISBEE, Ariz. (April 15, 2021) – As part of National County Government Month, the National Association of Counties (NACo) also names April 15, 2021 as “County Health Day.” The holiday celebrates the immense work county health departments do to improve the health of residents and communities. National County Health Day also recognizes the ongoing commitment of county staff serving on the frontlines of local communities.
Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cochise Health and Social Services (CHSS) has been at the forefront of keeping Cochise County residents, cities and communities healthy and safe. To help celebrate and recognize their efforts, we share a list of highlights and successes CHSS has accomplished this past year, and share insights on how they have contributed tremendously to the health and safety of our communities.
A few highlights include:
- CHSS developed a webpage response hub (https://www.cochisecovid.com/), specifically for county residents to utilize and stay informed on COVID-19 updates, information and resources.
- Since day one of COVID-19 vaccine allocation and distribution, CHSS had a fully developed vaccination team comprised of over twenty different health care providers, who were ready to receive vaccine and begin administration.
- County vaccination teams have regularly achieved their goal of administering COVID-19 vaccine into arms, within 7 days of the vaccine coming into the county.
- County vaccination partners hold multiple large vaccination point of dispensing (POD) events weekly, which vaccinate over 800 people a day throughout the county.
- Over 35 percent of Cochise County’s population is now vaccinated and 65 percent of residents ages 65 and older are fully vaccinated.
- CHSS developed a healthcare coalition that has over 100 individual members and also hosted public community health forums to identify methods that decrease barriers to vaccination and reduce disparities in access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
- CHSS established partnerships with numerous county organizations, such as local hospitals, school districts, the U.S. National Guard, local fire stations, the Mexican Consulate, nursing facilities and many more local organizations, to assist in the greater awareness and available resources for county residents to remain safe and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cochise Health and Social Services continues to prioritize the health and safety of Cochise County communities with COVID-19 vaccine distribution, testing and all other health initiatives outside of COVID-19. We invite all county community members to take a moment today, to celebrate and thank a county health worker for their work and efforts in keeping our communities safe.
To stay informed on the latest updates related to COVID-19 within Cochise County, visit https://www.cochisecovid.com/.