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Coronavirus in Arizona on Feb. 4: 4,417 new cases, 176 new deaths reported Thursday

There have been 771,796 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 13,752 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Thursday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here is the live blog for Feb. 5. 

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 Thursday, Feb. 4.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 771,796 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 13,752 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Thursday.
  • There have been 736,845 total vaccines administered as of Wednesday.
  • 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 771,796 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 13,752 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state's latest numbers.

That's an increase from the 767,379 confirmed cases and 13,576 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday.

A week ago, there were 743,232 cases and 12,819 deaths reported in Arizona.

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4,417 new cases, 176 new deaths reported Thursday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 4,417 new cases and 176 new deaths on Thursday.

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

The number of people hospitalized due to the virus is on a steady decline. As of Wednesday, there were 3,303 COVID-19 patients and 946 of those were in the ICU. 

Still, those figures are similar to when Arizona’s summer virus surge was at its peak.

Arizona has given 736,845 COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Wednesday.

The department said all the vaccine appointments for February are booked at both state-run sites. It was not immediately known when appointments for March would be made available.

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

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 13,000 coronavirus deaths on 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.

There were 12,036 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 11,587 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 155 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 149 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.

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Arizona county discarded over 500 doses of virus vaccine

Maricopa County public health officials say that more than 500 unused doses of COVID-19 vaccine has been discarded at five distribution sites to help maintain quality.

KPHO-TV reported Tuesday it learned through a public records request that 553 doses were wasted between Dec. 17 and Jan. 20. 

County spokesperson Fields Moseley says the health department works diligently to prevent waste but noted that some is unavoidable. 

The county said some people do not show up for appointments after doses have already been thawed for the day. 

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey characterized vaccine doses being wasted as shocking and unacceptable.

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

Navajo Nation reports 70 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more deaths

Navajo Nation health officials on Wednesday reported 70 new COVID-19 cases and six more deaths.

The latest numbers raised the totals to 28,544 cases and 1,038 known deaths since the pandemic began. 

On Tuesday, tribal officials said they received word that U.S. President Joe Biden had signed a long-awaited major disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation. 

It will provide more federal resources and prompts the release of federal funds for the reimbursement of emergency funds expended to address the COVID-19 pandemic on the Navajo Nation which covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. 

The tribe has tribe extended its stay-at-home order with a revised nightly curfew to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

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: Thousands of new vaccine appointments available soon at Phoenix Municipal Stadium

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 771,796 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 13,752 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That's an increase from the 767,379 confirmed cases and 13,576 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday.

There were 4,417 new cases reported on Thursday, an increase from the 2,296 new cases reported on Wednesday.

There were 176 new deaths reported on Thursday, a decrease from the 214 new deaths reported on Wednesday.

There were 12,036 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 11,587 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 155 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 149 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 15,404 new tests were reported on Thursday, an increase from the 12,989 new tests reported on Wednesday.

There have been a total of 3,924,293 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Thursday. 

14.3% of those tests have been positive as of Thursday, the same since Sunday.

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

  • Maricopa: 481,291
  • Pima: 103,448
  • Pinal: 43,360
  • Coconino: 15,419
  • Navajo: 14,713
  • Apache: 9,724
  • Mohave: 19,880
  • La Paz: 2,273
  • Yuma: 35,408
  • Graham: 5,133
  • Cochise: 10,562
  • Santa Cruz: 7,476
  • Yavapai: 16,444
  • Gila: 6,121
  • Greenlee: 528

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.