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Coronavirus in Arizona on April 8: 670 new cases, 32 new deaths reported Thursday

There have been 846,900 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 17,055 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Thursday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here's the live blog for April 9.

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 8.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 846,900 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 17,055 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Thursday.
  • There have been 3,888,107 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 846,900 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 17,055 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state health department data.

That's an increase from the 846,230 confirmed cases and 17,023 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday.

A week ago, there were 842,192 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,977 deaths reported in Arizona.

VERSION EN ESPANOL: Coronavirus en Arizona el 8 de abril: 670 nuevos casos, 32 muertes se reportan el jueves

670 new cases, 32 new deaths reported Thursday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 670 new cases and 32 new deaths on Thursday.

Arizona has administered 3,888,107 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 12,433 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 11,774 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.

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Arizona to move COVID-19 vaccination site to ASU's Tempe campus

The state-run vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium will relocate to the Desert Financial Arena on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus on Monday.

The shift will move operations indoors at the university's venue for basketball and other large-scale indoor events as the weather continues to heat up. 

Anyone who has already scheduled a second-dose appointment at Phoenix Municipal Stadium for Monday and later are being informed of this change. 

Vaccinations will be provided in the arena on the main concourse and arena seating will be available for the observation period after vaccination.

“Arizonans have come together to protect our communities and expand vaccinations quickly,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement.

“I’m grateful to all the volunteers, staff members and health care professionals who are helping Arizonans get vaccinated, and to Arizona State University for their continued partnership.”

“Arizona State University has been an invaluable partner and resource as the state of Arizona has developed mass-vaccination sites that have now administered more than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine,” Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, said in a statement.

“Phoenix Municipal Stadium has been a tremendous success, and we look forward to continued progress as this operation moves indoors at ASU.”

The Phoenix Municipal Stadium site has administered 171,202 doses since opening up on Feb. 1.

The Arizona Department of Health Services will release new appointments at state-run sites at 11 a.m. every Friday.

Registration is available at podvaccine.azdhs.gov or by calling 844-542-8201 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m, 7 days a week. Both resources offer assistance in English and Spanish.

MORE INFORMATION: 12News.com/Vaccine

RELATED: Arizona to move COVID-19 vaccination site to ASU's Tempe campus

Demand for vaccines slows as Arizona surpasses 17,000 deaths

Arizona health officials say they are seeing demand for COVID-19 vaccinations slowing, particularly at large sites.

Vaccine appointments at state-run sites opened to anyone 16 and older on March 24. 

KTAR reported that thousands of slots were available at sites in Tucson and Yuma as the week began. 

The head of the state health department says it plans to release more public service announcements encouraging people to get vaccinated and hopes that’ll help address vaccine hesitancy. 

The Daily Courier reported that a mass vaccination site in Prescott Valley was closing after Wednesday. 

It comes as Arizona reported 27 more COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, raising the state’s pandemic death toll above 17,000.

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

Arizona to open new state-run COVID-19 vaccination site at Scottsdale's WestWorld

Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services announced the state will be opening another COVID-19 vaccination site later this month in Scottsdale at WestWorld.

The indoor site is expected to open on April 22 and offer 3,000-4,000 appointments daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The announcement comes as Arizona opened its first indoor drive-thru vaccine site in Mesa at a distribution center operated by Dexcom on Ray Road near the Loop 202 Santan Freeway and Power Road. 

The Mesa site replaced the site at Chandler-Gilbert Community College as Arizona turns to indoor options as the heat picks up.

RELATED: Arizona opening new state-run COVID-19 vaccination site at Scottsdale's WestWorld

MORE INFORMATION: 12News.com/Vaccine

Arizona to move COVID-19 vaccination site from State Farm Stadium to Gila River Arena

The Arizona Department of Health Services will transition the COVID-19 vaccination site in the West Valley from State Farm Stadium to Gila River Arena. 

The State Farm Stadium site is an outdoor, drive-thru location and the Gila River Arena site will be an indoor location. 

The Gila River Arena COVID-19 vaccination site will open on April 23. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. It will have the capacity to administer 1,000 shots per hour.

The State Farm Stadium site will move to nighttime hours starting Monday to avoid heat and will stop all operations on the morning of April 23.

The State Farm Stadium site is currently the state's largest vaccination site and has been described as a “national model” by President Joe Biden. 

“Arizona is so thankful to the Arizona Cardinals, Michael Bidwill and the Bidwill family, and all of the partners who stepped up to help make our first state-run vaccination site a national success,” Ducey said in a statement. 

“This is a true team effort, and the mission to get Arizonans vaccinated continues with this new location.” 

“This site will continue to be a national model for mass vaccination as we shift outdoor operations to indoor locations," Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, said in a statement. 

"Gila River Arena and city of Glendale, in partnership with ADHS and the Arizona Cardinals, are making it possible to continue vaccinating while the Glendale operation gets closer to administering 1 million doses.” 

Anyone who wants to register for a vaccine at this new site can go online at podvaccine.azdhs.gov or call 844-542-8201 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Both resources offer assistance in English and Spanish.

RELATED: Arizona to move COVID-19 vaccination site from State Farm Stadium to Gila River Arena

MORE INFORMATION: 12News.com/Vaccine

Mesa center to serve as Arizona's first indoor drive-in COVID-19 vaccination site

A distribution center in Mesa is going to serve as the first state-run indoor drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The site will help streamline vaccine distribution in Arizona during the hot summer months.

The site, located at a distribution center operated by Dexcom on Ray Road near the Loop 202 Santan Freeway and Power Road, is set to open April 15 and will replace the outdoor site currently operating at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Those who received first doses at the Chandler-Gilbert facility on March 14 and after have been scheduled for their second doses at the Dexcom site.

RELATED: State opens its first indoor, drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site in Mesa

MORE INFORMATION: 12News.com/Vaccine

Navajo Nation reports 16 more COVID-19 cases, but no deaths

The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 16 more confirmed COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths.

The latest figures bring the pandemic totals on the tribe’s reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, increased to 30,198 cases. 

The known death toll remains at 1,259. 

On Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 B.1.429 variant on the Navajo Nation, which came from a test sample obtained in the Chinle service unit area.  

The variant was first identified in the state of California and has since been detected across the southwest U.S.

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 3.8 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 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.

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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 846,900 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 17,055 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That's an increase from the 846,230 confirmed cases and 17,023 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday.

There were 670 new cases reported on Thursday, a decrease from the 750 new cases reported on Wednesday. 

There were 32 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Thursday, an increase from the 27 new deaths reported on Wednesday.

There were 12,433 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 11,774 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, 25,773 new diagnostic tests were reported on Thursday, an increase from the 14,822 new tests reported on Wednesday.

There have been a total of 8,709,956 diagnostic tests reported to the state as of Thursday. 

10.7% of those tests have been positive as of Thursday, the same since Saturday.

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

  • Maricopa: 527,197
  • Pima: 113,375
  • Pinal: 50,082
  • Coconino: 17,238
  • Navajo: 15,759
  • Apache: 11,208
  • Mohave: 22,271
  • La Paz: 2,448
  • Yuma: 36,874
  • Graham: 5,372
  • Cochise: 11,686
  • Santa Cruz: 7,856
  • Yavapai: 18,391
  • Gila: 6,575
  • Greenlee: 567

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.

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