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Posted on: March 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19: Professional Guidance and Difficult Decisions


Members of the Board of Supervisors and County leadership receive vital information about the COVID-19 pandemic daily from dedicated professionals at our Department of Public Health.  One of the most steady and respected voices is that of Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine.  She is an expert in infectious disease who has been consistent in her opinions since the outbreak began in China. We will continue to seek her counsel to guide our decisions during this time.

On Monday, Dr. Sunenshine was asked to give the Phoenix City Council her professional opinion about some of the specific restrictions that are now in place with the closure of schools and the limitations on restaurants.  Her opinion has always been that political leaders should wait until we reach a critical number of cases in the community because COVID-19 is not going away in two weeks or even two months.  Closing critical infrastructure can have negative effects on the public health of the community beyond one virus.  

Dr. Sunenshine looks at the big picture and offers advice to decision-makers.  She also understands that those leaders must listen to other experts and gauge the fear that is circulating through our communities.  Her advice in no way rebukes the difficult decisions made by Governor Ducey and County leadership.  We need level-headed medical professionals to guide us. She will remain a trusted voice at the County as we navigate the uncharted waters of this pandemic.  

County leadership encourages members of the news media and the public to visit our website for the latest news and helpful information tailored to different audiences.


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