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Coronavirus in Arizona on July 20: More than 1,500 new cases, 23 deaths reported Monday

There have been 145,183 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 2,784 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Monday.

PHOENIX — The number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Arizona continues to rise. 

In an effort to track the changes, 12 News has started a daily live blog.

Here is the live blog for Monday, July 20.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 145,183 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 2,784 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Monday.
  • The state does not record how many people have recovered, but Johns Hopkins University estimates the number of people who have recovered.
  • Scroll down to see how many cases are in each ZIP code and additional information.

COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Monday

There have been 145,183 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 2,784 coronavirus-related deaths, according to the state's latest numbers.

That is an increase from 143,624 cases and 2,761 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Sunday.

A week ago, there were 123,824 cases and 2,245 deaths reported in Arizona.

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More than 1,500 new cases, 23 new deaths reported on Monday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 1,500 new cases and 23 new deaths on Monday. 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases topped 145,000, 14 days after reaching the 100,000 mark.

Arizona reached 50,000 coronavirus cases on June 21. The state reached 1,000 coronavirus deaths on June 5.

Arizona's Rt, pronounced r-naught, was at .98 on Monday.

The Rt is essentially a mathematical number that shows whether more people are becoming infected or less.

The concern is that any Rt over 1, no matter how small, means the virus may grow exponentially.

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There were 5,396 cases reported on the collection date of June 29, the day with the most collected diagnoses so far. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of reported deaths was July 7, when 65 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.

Sun City West golf course to close due to staffing shortages

Echo Mesa Golf Course in Sun City West will close for three weeks due to staffing shortages.

The closure will begin July 26. It is expected to reopen Aug. 17.

Officials said Monday that golf maintenance crews were shorthanded prior to the pandemic due to hiring challenges. 

An additional, temporary decline in staffing in the last several weeks "has made it difficult to complete not only regular maintenance but also special summer projects at Pebblebrook and Desert Trails golf courses," officials said in a statement. 

“Although we can’t discuss specifics about our employees, we can confirm COVID-19 is having an impact on our ability to keep our facilities open to the degree that we would like,” General Manager Bill Schwind said in a statement. 

“There has been no exposure risk to our residents from these latest staffing challenges. Safety will always be our No. 1 priority.” 

Navajo Nation cases grow by 25, seven more deaths

The Navajo Department of Health reported 25 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and seven more deaths.

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,593.

The total number of deaths has reached 422 as of Saturday.

Reports indicate that approximately 6,360 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 72,804 people have been tested for COVID-19.

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) 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 Monday

There have been 145,183 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 2,784 coronavirus-related deaths.

That is an increase from 143,624 cases and 2,761 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Sunday.

That's an increase of 1,559 new cases reported on Monday, a decrease from the 2,761 new cases reported on Sunday. 

There were 23 new deaths reported on Monday, a decrease from the 31 deaths reported on Sunday. 

There were 5,396 cases reported on the collection date of June 29, the day with the most collected diagnoses so far. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of reported deaths was July 7, when 65 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 8,477 new tests were reported on Monday, a decrease from the 16,647 new tests reported on Sunday.

There have been a total of 1,003,987 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Monday. 

12.4% of those tests have been positive, the same from Sunday. 

Here's a county breakdown:

  • Maricopa: 96,711
  • Pima: 13,594
  • Pinal: 6,651
  • Coconino: 2,675
  • Navajo: 4,817
  • Apache: 2,740
  • Mohave: 2,281
  • La Paz: 435
  • Yuma: 9,374
  • Graham: 298
  • Cochise: 1,260
  • Santa Cruz: 2,340
  • Yavapai: 1,394
  • Gila: 573
  • Greenlee: 40

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. 

There is no vaccine for the coronavirus, so 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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