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Banner Health leader to give COVID-19 update on Wednesday, Sept. 8

Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Marjorie Bessel to provide information at press conference

WHAT: The highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant continues to threaten our communities. Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Marjorie Bessel will provide an update from Banner Health and answer media questions related to COVID-19. 

WHEN: Wed. Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. (Pacific Time) Join press conference

WHERE: This will be a virtual press conference held as a live event on Microsoft Teams. Attendees can access the press conference via this link. Please do not publish the link. This event is not open to the public and should only be attended by members of the media.

You do not need to download the Microsoft Teams app, just select the option to join through your web browser when you are logging into the live event.


• Banner update on hospitalizations, ICU admissions and ventilator usage
• COVID impact on children
• What the community can do to curb this trend

NOTES: A high-resolution version of the full press conference video and a transcript will be available on Banner Health’s newsroom two hours after the press conference.  

Please ask your questions at any time during the press conference by typing them into the chat box to the right of your screen. If you do not see the chat box, look for the Q&A icon in the  top right navigation bar and click on it to open the dialogue box. Include your name and media outlet when posting a question and please write your question as if you're asking it in person.

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Please keep in mind that there is about a 45-second delay in the live feed. For this reason, follow-ups to your original questions may be answered out of sequence and questions that are posted toward the end of the press conference may not be asked if they were posted after the live broadcast has concluded. We will be sure to follow up directly if there are any questions that we were unable to answer during the virtual press conference.

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As one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, the team at Banner Health is committed to ensuring all Banner locations are a safe place for care. Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health owns and operates 30 acute-care hospitals and an array of other services, including: Banner Imaging, Banner Telehealth and Banner Urgent Care. Team members are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of patients, be it a routine checkup, elective surgery or an urgent health service. Waiting room and employee workstation layouts maintain proper social distancing; screenings are conducted at hospital entrances to verify that all employees and visitors are well; and, all Banner physicians are equipped to visit patients remotely. Learn more about Banner's commitment to safety at


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