Developments related to the pandemic this week ranged from optimistic to dire. State health officials announced that by the end of the month, they expect Arizona will receive more than 380,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with the first shipment arriving next week. It coincided with an alert from the Pima County Health Department that hospitals are at, or are nearing, capacity.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, health care providers have had to make changes to the services they offer. That’s true for El Rio Health, a key provider for Medicaid recipients in Tucson. We discussed the ongoing challenges with CEO Nancy Johnson, including how El Rio will handle vaccine distribution once doses are made available.