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Coronavirus in Arizona on April 29: 881 new cases, 23 new deaths reported Thursday

There have been 861,653 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 17,305 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Thursday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here's the live blog for April 30.

12 News continues to track the changes with the coronavirus outbreak and vaccination efforts in Arizona with our daily live blog.

Here is the live blog for Thursday, April 29.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 861,653 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 17,305 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Thursday.
  • There have been 4,970,037 total vaccines administered as of Thursday.
  • 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 Thursday

There have been 861,653 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 17,305 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state health department data.

That's an increase from the 860,772 confirmed cases and 17,282 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday.

A week ago, there were 856,451 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 17,221 deaths reported in Arizona.

VERSION EN ESPANOL: Coronavirus en Arizona el 29 de abril: 881 nuevos casos, 23 muertes se reportan el jueves

881 new cases, 23 new deaths reported Thursday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 881 new cases and 23 new deaths on Thursday.

Arizona has administered 4,970,037 total vaccines COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Thursday.

The department reports the number of new cases on the day the cases were reported to them by counties and hospitals, not on the day when someone was diagnosed with the virus.

There were 12,437 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 11,756 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 177 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 172 people died. That is subject to change.

Arizona reached 800,000 coronavirus cases on Feb. 17, 700,000 on Jan. 22, 600,000 on Jan. 9, 500,000 on Dec. 28, 400,000 on Dec. 12, 300,000 on Nov. 23, 200,000 on Aug. 27, 100,000 on July 6 and 50,000 cases on June 21. 

The state reached 17,000 coronavirus deaths on April 7, 16,000 on March 2, 15,000 on Feb. 17, 14,000 on Feb. 6, 13,000 on Jan. 29, 12,000 on Jan. 22, 11,000 on Jan. 15, 10,000 on Jan. 9, 9,000 on Jan. 1, 8,000 on Dec. 22, 7,000 on Dec. 9, 6,000 on Nov. 3, 5,000 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.

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

Arizona no longer requiring appointments for COVID-19 vaccines

The Arizona Department of Health Services said appointments will no longer be required for anyone looking to get a COVID-19 vaccine at state-run sites.

The announcement made Tuesday said the change was made due to the high capacity at state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites. 

The department stressed that making an appointment is still the best way to get a vaccine as quickly as possible.

“The appointment numbers clearly suggest that we’ve accommodated a large share of Arizonans who are able to schedule appointments well in advance,” Director Dr. Cara Christ said in a statement. 

“State-run sites continue to vaccinate many thousands every day, and there is now room for those who simply want to walk in at their convenience.”

Locations and hours of state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites in the Valley, Tucson, Yuma, and Flagstaff are available at azdhs.gov/FindVaccine

This website also lists the growing number of other locations offering vaccination, including pharmacies and federally qualified health centers. 

State sites will continue operating in the coming weeks and an increasing supply of vaccine will allow a greater shift to locations further into communities, including pop-up clinics in neighborhood locations and at employers. 

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ASU will have both in-person, virtual graduation events

Arizona State University officials announced Thursday that there would be both in-person and virtual graduation events in May. 

The livestreamed commencement and convocations videos will premiere at 9 a.m. Arizona time Monday and can be viewed at any time after that. 

Family and friends can find links to those ceremonies at graduation.asu.edu/virtual-ceremonies

Colleges will also host a variety of in-person celebrations in addition to their virtual convocations. 

Navajo Nation reports 15 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths

The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 15 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths.

Tribal health officials say the total number of cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago now is 30,485 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. 

The number of known deaths remains at 1,273.  

The tribe reported no coronavirus cases and no COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday. 

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says the tribe is moving closer to herd immunity.

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

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

The Arizona Department of Health Services said more than 4.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Thursday.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The state and Maricopa and Pima counties have expanded vaccine eligibility to Arizonans 16 and older. Other counties are offering vaccines to people in Phase 1B. Gila County has extended vaccines to some people in Phase 1C and Mohave County opened vaccines to all adults. 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 seven locations where the state is administering vaccines: Gila River Arena in Glendale, Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, WestWorld in Scottsdale, Dexcom in Mesa, University of Arizona's Tucson campus, Northern Arizona University's Union Fieldhouse and Yuma Civic Center in Yuma. 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.

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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 Thursday

There have been 861,653 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 17,305 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That's an increase from the 860,772 confirmed cases and 17,282 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday.

There were 881 new coronavirus cases reported on Thursday, an increase from the 603 new cases reported on Wednesday.

There were 23 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Thursday, an increase from the six new deaths reported on Wednesday.

There were 12,437 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 11,756 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 177 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 172 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 19,982 new diagnostic tests were reported on Thursday, an increase from the 17,968 new tests reported on Wednesday.

There have been a total of 9,144,036 diagnostic tests reported to the state as of Thursday. 

10.4% of those tests have been positive as of Thursday, the same since Monday.

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

  • Maricopa: 536,453
  • Pima: 115,107
  • Pinal: 51,262
  • Coconino: 17,698
  • Navajo: 16,181
  • Apache: 11,305
  • Mohave: 22,637
  • La Paz: 2,459
  • Yuma: 37,075
  • Graham: 5,546
  • Cochise: 11,899
  • Santa Cruz: 7,915
  • Yavapai: 18,668
  • Gila: 6,877
  • Greenlee: 571

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.

See videos featuring the latest news about COVID-19, including doctor responses to questions about the coronavirus on our 12 News YouTube page here.