‘It’s going to crush the system:’ Hundreds of Arizona health care workers demand COVID-19 mitigation policy

Over 1,000 healthcare workers penned a letter to Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Department of Health Services and other elected officials, begging them to take preventative measures against COVID-19.

FOX 10 Phoenix

Arizona recorded its second-highest COVID-19 case count on Saturday at 16,504. 

More than 1,000 healthcare workers from across the state signed an open letter urging proactive COVID-19 mitigation measures, including enforcing mask mandates in classrooms and expanding testing sites.

 “It’s going to crush the system, and so we are trying to figure out how to re-empower our healthcare workforce and thinking about an open letter. Our whole entire community needs to be able to speak up and be heard,” said Dr. Bradley Dreifuss.

The letter signed by over 1,000 people was addressed to Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Department of Health Services Interim Director, members of the state legislature, Arizona’s mayors, as well as several others.

The letter emphasizes the urgent need for proactive measures and warns that without imminent action, Arizona will face the collapse of its healthcare system. 

Dreifuss, an emergency medicine physician at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson says, “we are seeing our hospitals in worse and worse condition and having more and more preventable deaths, not just from patients with COVID.”

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