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Coronavirus in Arizona on Feb. 16: 1,132 new cases, 3 new deaths reported as registration for more COVID-19 vaccines open Tuesday

There have been 799,740 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14,981 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Tuesday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here is the live blog for Feb. 17.

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 Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 799,740 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14,981 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Tuesday.
  • There have been 1,227,271 total vaccines administered as of Tuesday.
  • 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.
  • Arizona to open third state-run vaccination site, first in southern Arizona
  • Maricopa County releases more COVID-19 vaccine appointments at local pharmacies

COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Tuesday

There have been 799,740 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14,981 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state's latest numbers.

That's an increase from the 798,608 confirmed cases and 14,978 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday.

A week ago, there were 787,268 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14,286 deaths reported in Arizona.

LEER EN ESPANOL: Coronavirus en Arizona el 16 de febrero: 1,132 nuevos casos, 3 muerte se reportan el martes

1,132 new cases, 3 new deaths reported Tuesday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 1,132 new cases and three new deaths on Tuesday.

Arizona has administered 1,227,271 total vaccines COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Tuesday.

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 are 301 hospitalizations per 1 million in Arizona as of Monday, according to The COVID Tracking Project. You can find more data from the project here.

There were 12,159 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 Dec. 28, with 11,654 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 167 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 161 people died. That is subject to change.

Arizona reached 700,000 coronavirus cases 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 14,000 coronavirus deaths 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 open third state-run vaccination site, first in southern Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services will open a state-run COVID-19 vaccination site on the University of Arizona's campus in Tucson.

It will be the third state-run vaccination site, in addition to State Farm Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium, and the first in southern Arizona.

Registration for appointments at the site will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The appointments will begin on Thursday.

You can register for those appointments at podvaccine.azdhs.gov. Those without computer access or needing extra help registering can call 1-844-542-8201 for assistance.

Appointments will eventually be able to operate 24/7 as more vaccine doses arrive in Arizona. The site will be able to serve up to 6,000 people per day at full capacity.

RELATED: 12,000 vaccine appointments available soon at Tucson center

Maricopa County releases more COVID-19 vaccine appointments at local pharmacies

Maricopa County public health officials released more COVID-19 vaccine appointments Tuesday morning as part of a new federal pharmacy program. 

The appointments will be available at various pharmacies, including many Safeway and Fry's locations. 

You can find a location near you and check to see if they have available appointments here.

Navajo Nation reports 13 new cases, 1 new death

Navajo Nation officials reported 13 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death. 

The latest numbers released Monday bring the total number of cases on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah to 29,283 since the pandemic began. 

There have been 1,112 deaths reported related to COVID-19. 

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement that even those who have been fully vaccinated need to continue taking precautions to avoid spreading the virus. 

He also commended health care workers for helping to get people vaccinated, especially when compared to the rate in areas surrounding the Navajo Nation. 

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 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Tuesday.

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 three locations where the state is administering vaccines: State Farm Stadium, Phoenix Municipal Stadium 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 Tuesday

There have been 799,740 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14,981 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That's an increase from the 798,608 confirmed cases and 14,978 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday.

There were 1,132 new cases reported on Tuesday, a decrease from the 1,338 new cases reported on Monday.

There were three new deaths reported on Tuesday, an increase from the zero new deaths reported on Monday.

There were 12,159 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 Dec. 28, with 11,654 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 167 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 161 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 6,124 new tests were reported on Tuesday, a decrease from the 9,423 new tests reported on Monday.

There have been a total of 4,072,703 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Tuesday. 

14.2% of those tests have been positive as of Tuesday, down from 14.3% from Monday and since Jan. 31.

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

  • Maricopa: 499,865
  • Pima: 107,213
  • Pinal: 44,800
  • Coconino: 16,081
  • Navajo: 15,292
  • Apache: 10,155
  • Mohave: 20,603
  • La Paz: 2,360
  • Yuma: 36,127
  • Graham: 5,228
  • Cochise: 10,847
  • Santa Cruz: 7,580
  • Yavapai: 16,752
  • Gila: 6,291
  • Greenlee: 546

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.