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Coronavirus in Arizona on Feb. 23: 1,184 new cases, 148 new deaths reported Tuesday

There have been 810,658 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 15,650 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Tuesday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here is the live blog for Feb. 24.

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. 23.

RELATED: COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona: Frequently Asked Questions

Major updates: 

  • There have been 810,658 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 15,650 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Tuesday.
  • There have been 1,509,837 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 another state-run COVID-19 vaccination site

RELATED: 48% decrease in Arizona COVID-19 cases, other metrics falling, graphs show

COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Tuesday

There have been 810,658 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 15,650 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state's latest numbers.

That's a change from the 809,474 confirmed cases and 15,502 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday.

A week ago, there were 799,740 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14,981  deaths reported in Arizona.

LEER EN ESPANOL: Coronavirus en Arizona el 23 de febrero: 1,184 nuevos casos, 148 muerte se reportan el martes

1,184 new cases, 148 new deaths reported Tuesday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 1,184 new cases and 148 new deaths on Tuesday.

The department did not say whether the high death count reported Tuesday was due to death certificate matching.

Arizona has administered 1,509,837 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 226 hospitalizations per 1 million in Arizona as of Monday, down from 227 on Sunday, according to The COVID Tracking Project. You can find more data from the project here.

There were 12,177 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 11,648 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 162 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 15,000 coronavirus deaths 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.

US marks 500,000 dead from COVID-19

The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 on Monday. Team 12's Jen Wahl has the latest on this tragic milestone.

RELATED: US surpasses 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19

Ducey orders flags lowered to honor those lost to COVID-19

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has joined President Joe Biden in ordering lowering of flags for five days starting Tuesday to honor the thousands of lives lost due to COVID-19.

Ducey said in a statement Monday that “every life is precious” and that Arizona was grieving and praying for all the lives lost to the disease.

Arizona’s toll from the coronavirus passed 15,000 last week while COVID-19 as of Monday had claimed over 500,000 lives nationwide. 

Biden late Monday delivered a eulogy at the White House, saying the nation was marking a “grim, heartbreaking milestone” but “will smile again.”

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

Arizona to open another state-run COVID-19 vaccination site

The Arizona Department of Health Services will open a state-operated COVID-19 vaccination site at the Chandler-Gilbert Community College in the East Valley.

It will begin operating as a state-run location on March 3. Appointments for first and second doses will open for registration at 9 a.m. March 1. 

“We’re committed to making the COVID-19 vaccine accessible to all Arizonans. Keeping this successful vaccination site open and operating is an important step,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement. 

“Arizona has called on the federal government to provide our state with more vaccine doses. As more supply becomes available, we’ll be ready to administer the vaccine and protect Arizonans.” 

The vaccination site at Chandler-Gilbert Community College used to be run by Maricopa County, which announced it would be closed next week. 

The department said it has worked with partner organizations to develop a plan to keep the location open.

Dignity Health, which currently manages the site with Maricopa County, will close its operations after Feb. 27, and the department will reopen it four days later.

At full capacity, the department said the site will have a similar capacity to State Farm Stadium at 12,000 vaccines per day and can be operated 24/7. 

Due to the limited amount of vaccine allocated to the state, this site will initially operate from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will continue to provide the Pfizer vaccine. 

You can make an appointment here.

Salvation Army, Ford to give out 1.3 million face masks across Arizona

The Salvation Army and Ford Motor Company said they are providing more than 1.3 million face masks to communities across Arizona for free.

Distribution begins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a limit of 20 masks per person. 

Here is where the drive-thru events will be held: 

The Salvation Army Metro Phoenix

Southwest Divisional Headquarters

2707 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix

The Salvation Army Mesa Corps Community Center

241 E. 6th St., Mesa

The Salvation Army North West Corps Community Center

17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd., Surprise

Click here for a full list of locations.

Navajo Nation reports 15 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

Navajo Nation health officials on Monday reported 15 new confirmed COVID-19 cases with one additional death.

The latest numbers bring the total number of cases on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah to 29,551 since the pandemic began. 

There have been 1,145 reported deaths that were related to COVID-19. 

Also on Monday, the Navajo Department of Health identified 21 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 from Feb. 5-18. 

That’s an increase from last week’s 15 communities, but down from 75 communities with uncontrolled coronavirus spread last month. 

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 1.5 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 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.

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 810,658 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 15,650 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That's a change from the 809,474 confirmed cases and 15,502 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday.

There were 1,184 new cases reported on Tuesday, a decrease from the 1,507 new cases reported on Monday.

There were 148 new deaths reported on Tuesday, an increase from the zero new deaths reported on Monday.

There were 12,177 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 11,648 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 162 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 6,504 new tests were reported on Tuesday, a decrease from the 10,343 new tests reported on Monday.

There have been a total of 4,144,456 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Tuesday. 

14.2% of those tests have been positive as of Tuesday, the same since Friday.

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

  • Maricopa: 506,662
  • Pima: 108,630
  • Pinal: 45,754
  • Coconino: 16,298
  • Navajo: 15,495
  • Apache: 10,328
  • Mohave: 20,961
  • La Paz: 2,382
  • Yuma: 36,348
  • Graham: 5,272
  • Cochise: 11,067
  • Santa Cruz: 7,609
  • Yavapai: 16,937
  • Gila: 6,357
  • Greenlee: 555

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.