Congressman Schweikert Hosts Coronavirus Briefing to Hear from Local Health Officials

March 6, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) hosted local health officials for a Coronavirus roundtable. The group shared plans for how Arizona is working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from every angle and the information services being provided to the Arizona community to stay healthy.

During the roundtable, Congressman Schweikert received a presentation from the Arizona Department of Health Services and learned about the current climate in hospitals from Honor Health, Banner Health, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Mayo Clinic. Representatives from Maricopa County and Scottsdale Fire Department were in attendance to provide an update on local government resources being deployed to combat the public health emergency.

“Staying updated on coronavirus and following guidelines set by our public health officials are of utmost importance as we continue to monitor the outbreak. I was pleased to hear our local health officials are ensuring Arizonans have access to timely coronavirus testing and are being provided with proper practices to stay healthy and prevent the spread of this virus. I will continue to monitor the coronavirus outbreak and ensure my constituents have access to the most updated information from Federal, State, and Local officials for COVID-19 on my website.”

Attendees for the roundtable included:

  • Jessica Rigler, Assistant Director, Public Health Preparedness – Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Rick Hazelton, Chief Legislative Officer – Arizona Department of Health Services,
  • Michael Nelson, Director of Government Relations & Community Engagement – Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Kelly Kelleher, Pediatric Hospitalist, Director of Patient Safety and Quality – Phoenix  Children’s Hospital
  • Aarikha D’sourza, Regional Director of Infection Prevention – Banner Health
  • Michelle Pabis, Vice President, Government & Community Affairs – Honor Health
  • Dr. Kai Singbarti, M.D. – Mayo Clinic
  • Jim McVeigh, Public Affairs – Mayo Clinic
  • Marcy Flanagan, Director of Maricopa County Public Health
  • Danny DeHoog, Maricopa County Public Health
  • Tom Shannon, Fire Chief – Scottsdale Fire Department

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