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Coronavirus in Arizona on July 30: record-high 172 new deaths reported Thursday

There have been 170,798 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 3,626 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Thursday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here's the live blog for July 31.

The number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Arizona continue to rise. 

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

Here is the live blog for Thursday, July 30.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 170,798 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 3,626 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona 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.
  • 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 170,798 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 3,626 coronavirus-related deaths, according to the state's latest numbers.

That is an increase from 168,273 cases and 3,454 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Wednesday.

A week ago, there were 152,944 cases and 3,063 deaths reported in Arizona.

More than 2,500 new cases, 172 deaths reported Thursday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 2,500 new cases and a record-high 172 new deaths on Thursday. 

The department said 78 of those deaths are from the death certificate matching process.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases topped 170,000 on Thursday. The state's death toll topped 3,600 on Thursday, one week after reaching 3,000.

Arizona reached 50,000 coronavirus cases on June 21. The state reached 3,000 coronavirus deaths on July 23, 2,000 deaths on July 9 and 1,000 on June 5.

Arizona's Rt, pronounced r-naught, was at 0.90 on Thursday, the same as Wednesday.

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 5,439 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 days with the highest numbers of reported deaths were  July 7 and 15, when 80 people died each day. 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.

Navajo Nation cases rise by 41, seven more deaths

The Navajo Department of Health reported 41 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 8,968.

The total number of deaths has reached 453 as of Wednesday. 

Reports indicate that 6,622 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 

79,583 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 Thursday

There have been 170,798 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 3,626 coronavirus-related deaths.

That is an increase from 168,273 cases and 3,454 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Wednesday.

There were 2,525 new cases reported on Thursday, an increase from the 2,339 new cases reported on Wednesday.

There were 172 new deaths reported on Thursday, a record-high and a major increase from the 46 new deaths reported on Wednesday.

There were 5,439 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 days with the highest numbers of reported deaths were  July 7 and 15, when 80 people died each day. That is subject to change.

In total, 13,867 new tests were reported on Thursday, an increase from the 12,880 new tests reported on Wednesday.

There have been a total of 1,139,572 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Thursday. 

12.7% of those tests have been positive, the same as Wednesday.

Here's a county breakdown:

  • Maricopa: 114,852
  • Pima: 15,884
  • Pinal: 7,875
  • Coconino: 2,933
  • Navajo: 5,182
  • Apache: 2,969
  • Mohave: 2,865
  • La Paz: 468
  • Yuma: 10,761
  • Graham: 435
  • Cochise: 1,467
  • Santa Cruz: 2,577
  • Yavapai: 1,698
  • Gila: 778
  • Greenlee: 54

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.