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Coronavirus in Arizona on March 7: 1,335 new cases, 5 new deaths reported

There have been 826,454 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,328 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Sunday.

ARIZONA, USA — Editor's note: Here's the live blog for March 8.

In an effort to track the changes with the coronavirus outbreak in Arizona, 12 News has started a daily live blog.

Here is the live blog for Sunday, March 7.

RELATED: COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona: Frequently Asked Questions

Major updates: 

  • There have been 826,454 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,328 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Sunday.
  • 19.1% of Arizona's population has been vaccinated as of Sunday.
  • The state does not record how many people have recovered, but Johns Hopkins University estimates the number of people who have recovered.
  • You can find COVID-19 testing sites here.
  • Go to 12News.com/Vaccine to find more information on the COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Scroll down to see how many cases are in each ZIP code and additional information.

COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Sunday

There have been 826,454 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,328 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state health department data.

That's an increase from the 825,119 confirmed cases and 16,323 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Saturday.

A week ago, there were 815,707 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 15,967 deaths reported in Arizona.

Vaccine appointment availability at University of Arizona POD

Appointments for a vaccine are open at the University of Arizona POD through March 14 for people in Phase 1A and Priority Phase 1B. 

Register for appointments on the AZDHS website.

Vaccine appointments still available at UArizona vaccination site

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced on Sunday that there are still appointments available at the University of Arizona Tucson's campus after new slots opened up yesterday at 9 a.m.

The university's vaccination site is open between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. seven days a week, the department said in a press release.

People eligible to receive the vaccine can register for appointments here.

For the latest news about COVID-19, including doctor responses to questions about the coronavirus, watch our 12 News YouTube Playlist here.

Here is the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services said more than 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Friday.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The state and each county is offering vaccines to people in Phase 1B. Gila County has extended vaccines to some people in Phase 1C. Learn more about the phases here.

How can I sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine?

You can sign up for a vaccine through the state here or find more information about finding up through the counties here.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

There are four locations where the state is administering vaccines: State Farm Stadium, Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Chandler-Gilbert Community College and University of Arizona's Tucson campus. All other locations are run through the individual counties or federal programs.

Where can I find more information on a COVID-19 vaccine?

You can find more vaccine information at 12News.com/Vaccine.

COVID-19 data dashboard now includes vaccine information

The Arizona Department of Health Services updated its COVID-19 data dashboard to include information including vaccination numbers and demographic data.

The new information can be found on the dashboard in the tab right next to the summary tab where daily coronavirus cases, deaths, and testing numbers are updated.

You can see the updated dashboard here.

Arizona health department sets up hotline to report businesses

The Arizona Department of Health Services has set up two ways for people to report local businesses that are not following COVID-19 guidelines. 

People can report businesses through a hotline or through an online form:

“There’s a role for the public as well: If you believe a business isn’t following these requirements, which were established for the safety of customers, employees, and the broader public, ADHS encourages you to share your concerns so local and state officials can follow up as needed,” AZDHS said in a statement.

Free masks available for some Arizonans

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced that some Arizonans would be able to get free masks from the state.

The department partnered with Hanes to provide free face masks to Arizona’s most vulnerable populations.

Anyone who is part of a vulnerable population (including, but not limited to, individuals with medical conditions or individuals age 65 or older), a student (or parents on behalf of students), school staff member or who may not be able to purchase one is able to get a free mask.

Each other will provide five washable, reusable cloth face masks, one order per household. 

The department hopes to give out two million cloth face masks. 

Anyone with questions can visit the department's FAQs page or contact Hanes at 1-800-503-6698.

Sign up for the free masks here.

Arizona releases ZIP code locations of coronavirus cases, other data

The Arizona Department of Health Services has released expanded data points regarding coronavirus cases in the state. 

The AZDHS website now features the location of confirmed cases in Arizona by zip code. 

You can see the current ZIP code map here and can find yours by clicking around or searching for your ZIP code in the top right of the map.

More information on coronavirus cases from Sunday

There have been 826,454 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,328 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That's an increase from the 825,119 confirmed cases and 16,323 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Saturday.

There were 1,335 new cases reported on Sunday, a decrease from the 1,735 new cases reported on Saturday.

There were 5 new deaths reported on Sunday, a decrease from the 54 new deaths reported on Saturday.

There were 12,313 cases reported on the collection date of Jan. 4, the day with the most collected diagnoses so far. The day with the second-most collected diagnoses so far was on Jan. 5, with 11,664 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 170 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 165 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 15,630 new tests were reported on Sunday, an increase from the 11,309 new tests reported on Saturday.

There have been a total of 4,287,034 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Sunday. 

14% of those tests have been positive as of Sunday, the same since Friday.

Here's a breakdown of the number of cases reported in each county:

  • Maricopa: 516,216
  • Pima: 110,487
  • Pinal: 46,879
  • Coconino: 16,768
  • Navajo: 15,748
  • Apache: 10,666
  • Mohave: 21,406
  • La Paz: 2,420
  • Yuma: 36,564
  • Graham: 5,319
  • Cochise: 11,330
  • Santa Cruz: 7,656
  • Yavapai: 18,016
  • Gila: 6,418
  • Greenlee: 561

Click on the links below to find more information from each county's health department: 

COVID-19 is believed to be primarily spread through coughs or sneezes. 

It may be possible for the virus to spread by touching a surface or object with the virus and then a person touching their mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main method of spread, the CDC says. 

You should consult your doctor if you traveled to an area currently affected by COVID-19 and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing. 

The best way to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to:

  • Wear face coverings while in public.
  • Practice social distancing while in public.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

You can text FACTS to 602-444-1212 to receive more information on the coronavirus and to ask questions.