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Coronavirus in Arizona on Oct. 24: Here's everything you need to know

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

PHOENIX — 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 Saturday, Oct. 24.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 236,772 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,869 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Saturday.
  • 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.
  • Scroll down to see how many cases are in each ZIP code and additional information.

COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Saturday

There have been 236,772 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,869 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state's latest numbers.

That's an increase from the 235,882 confirmed cases and 5,865 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Friday.

A week ago, there were 230,407 cases and 5,824 deaths reported in Arizona.

Madison School District school under quarantine 

A school in the Madison School District will be under quarantine after several students tested positive at the campus.

The district says students and staff at Madison No. 1 Middle School will be quarantined for at least 14 days after four positive cases were reported on campus.

Cholla Elementary closed after outbreak

A Casa Grade Elementary District has been closed after an outbreak was declared.

Pinal County Public Health Department reported a confirmed "COVID-19 Outbreak" at Cholla Elementary School on Friday.

District officials say Cholla Elementary will stay closed at least through November 8.

No other schools in the district have been affected.

Phoenix to hold free flu shot event Saturday

There will be a free flu shot event at El Reposo Park in Phoenix from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. 

No insurance is needed.

The shots are possible through a city-county partnership with Passport Health.

Fry's to hold drive-thru flu shot clinic on Saturday

Fry’s Food Stores is hosting a drive-thru flu shot clinic on Saturday.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Renaissance Hotel parking garage.

“As the flu season approaches and COVID-19 continue to spread, health experts are urging people now more than ever to get the flu shot,” Stephanie Spark with Fry’s Food Stores Health said in a statement. 

“We want people to understand it is possible to get the coronavirus and the flu, and since we do not yet have a vaccine for coronavirus, it is really important for Arizonans to get the flu vaccine in an effort to protect their own health and the health of their families.”

The flu shot clinic is open to the public and will offer free flu shots through most insurance plans. 

Anyone who is interested must register online at frysfood.com/flu, enter zip code 85305 or the city Glendale and select the Glendale-Coyotes Arena Event location.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 cases

The Navajo Department of Health reported 64 new cases and no new deaths. 

There have been a total of COVID cases in Navajo Nation is 11,217 and the death toll stands at 574. 

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.

RELATED: Arizona’s health department wants you to report businesses that don’t enforce safety requirements

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 Saturday

There have been 236,772 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,869 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Saturday.

That is an increase from the 235,882 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,865 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Friday.

There were 890 new cases reported on Saturday, a decrease from the 975 reported on Friday.

There were four new deaths reported on Saturday, a slight decrease from the six reported on Friday.

There were 5,460 cases reported on the collection date of June 29, the day with the most collected diagnoses so far. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of reported deaths was July 17, when 100 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 12,393 new tests were reported on Saturday, down from the 13,808 new tests reported on Friday.

There have been a total of 2,005,781 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Saturday. 

9.8% of those tests have been positive as of Saturday, the same since Wednesday.

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

  • Maricopa: 153,177
  • Pima: 27,417
  • Pinal: 11,689
  • Coconino: 4,991
  • Navajo: 6,264
  • Apache: 3,854
  • Mohave: 4,266
  • La Paz: 611
  • Yuma: 13,500
  • Graham: 1,110
  • Cochise: 2,105
  • Santa Cruz: 2,972
  • Yavapai: 2,874
  • Gila: 1,841
  • Greenlee: 100

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. 

There is no vaccine for the coronavirus, so 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.