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Coronavirus in Arizona on Aug. 31: 174 new cases, zero new deaths reported Monday

There have been 201,835 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,029 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Monday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here's the live blog for Sept. 1.

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 Monday, Aug. 31.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 201,835 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,029 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Monday.
  • The state does not record how many people have recovered, but Johns Hopkins University estimates the number of people who have recovered.
  • Scroll down to see how many cases are in each ZIP code and additional information.

COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Monday

There have been 201,835 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,029 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state's latest numbers.

That is an increase from 201,661 cases and 5,030 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Sunday.

A week ago, there were 198,414 cases and 4,771 deaths reported in Arizona.

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174 new cases, zero new deaths reported Monday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 174 new cases and zero new deaths on Monday.

It was the third Monday in a row when zero new deaths were reported in Arizona. The department said it reported "negative one" death on Monday to "remove duplicate records from the data."

Arizona reached 200,000 coronavirus cases on Aug. 27, 100,000 on July 6 and 50,000 cases on June 21. The state reached 5,000 coronavirus deaths on Aug. 29, 4,000 on Aug. 6, 3,000 deaths on July 23, 2,000 on July 9 and 1,000 on June 5.

Arizona's Rt, pronounced r-naught, was at 0.86 as of Saturday, the lowest in the nation.

The Rt is essentially a mathematical number that shows whether more people are becoming infected or less.

The concern is that any Rt over 1, no matter how small, means the virus may grow exponentially.

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There were 5,484 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 97 people died. That is subject to change.

Health officials continued to stress that people should continue social distancing, wearing masks in public and stay home when possible.

Arizonans encouraged to get vaccinated for seasonal flu

Gov. Doug Ducey and state health leaders are encouraging Arizona residents to get vaccinated for the seasonal flu.

Ducey says the state has made significant gains in controlling the spread of the coronavirus, and now he's making more resources available for people to get access to the flu vaccine in hopes of keeping hospitalizations low. 

"It's never been more important to get your flu shot," Ducey said. "Arizona’s most important partner in this fight is you; the people of Arizona."

State health director Cara Christ says Arizona saw 36,000 cases of the seasonal flu reported last year and 10% of all hospitalizations were flu-related.

You can read more about how to find a vaccination site near you 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.

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

Navajo Nation recoveries top 7,000

The Navajo Department of Health reported 11 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and one more death. 

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 9,800. 

The total number of deaths has reached 502 as of Sunday. 

Reports indicate that 7,057 individuals have recovered from COVID-19 and 94,403 COVID-19 tests have been administered.

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) 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 Monday

There have been 201,835 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,029 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That is an increase from 201,661 cases and 5,030 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Sunday.

There were 174 new cases reported on Monday, a decrease from the 374 new cases reported on Sunday.

There were zero new deaths reported on Monday, a decrease from the 23 new deaths reported on Sunday.

There were 5,484 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 97 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 5,871 new tests were reported on Monday, a decrease from the 8,174 new tests reported on Sunday.

There have been a total of 1,470,255 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Monday. 

11.5% of those tests have been positive as of Monday, the same as Sunday.

Here's a county breakdown:

  • Maricopa: 133,728
  • Pima: 21,221
  • Pinal: 9,550
  • Coconino: 3,324
  • Navajo: 5,598
  • Apache: 3,338
  • Mohave: 3,615
  • La Paz: 498
  • Yuma: 12,230
  • Graham: 714
  • Cochise: 1,816
  • Santa Cruz: 2,728
  • Yavapai: 2,311
  • Gila: 1,106
  • Greenlee: 58

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.