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Arizona Health Director Cara Christ Explains Decision To Step Down From Role

By Lauren Gilger, Steve Goldstein
Published: Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 11:48am
Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 3:18pm

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Dr. Cara Christ has served as Arizona's Department of Health Services Director for six years.

July 29 marks another day of rising coronavirus cases in Arizona; state health officials added 1,759 new infections and 15 deaths to its daily dashboard.

It is the second-highest number of daily cases reported in the state since February and the 11th-straight day with more than 1,000.

The number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Arizona is at its highest level since early March.

The good news is vaccinations appear to be going up as well — 17,000 more were given around the state July 28. But Arizona’s vaccination rate remains about 4% lower than the national average.

And as the rest of the country also sees a dramatic rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a guidance this week that even fully-vaccinated people should go back to wearing masks indoors.

Gov. Doug Ducey issued a statement in response that praised vaccinations, while strongly criticizing the new guidelines.

Then, on July 28, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services — Dr. Cara Christ, who was appointed by Ducey — announced she would be leaving for a job in the private sector.

The Show spoke with Dr. Christ following the announcement and began the conversation by getting her reaction to the new CDC guidance.

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