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 Thursday, June 25.
- There have been 63,030 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 1,490 coronavirus-related deaths, as of Thursday morning.
- The state does not record how many people have recovered.
- Gov. Doug Ducey allowed cities to set own mask requirements
- 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 63,030 people with confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 1,490 coronavirus-related deaths as of Thursday, according to the state's latest numbers.
That's up from 59,974 cases and 1,463 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Wednesday.
A week ago, there were 43,443 cases and 1,271 deaths reported in Arizona.
Gov. Ducey defends President Trump's rally
At a news conference Thursday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey asked Arizonans to stay home as much as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Reporters asked about Ducey's attendance at a rally headlined by President Donald Trump in Arizona Tuesday. Rally attendance was estimated to be around 3,000 people and few people were seen wearing masks.
Ducey and Arizona Senator Martha McSally did wear face masks at the rally.
Ducey defended the president and the rally attendees, saying he would not infringe on the First Amendment right to assemble.
Old Town Scottsdale nightclub "charged"
The Scottsdale Police Department announced Thursday there will be charges submitted for violations at Riot House Nightclub.
Officers "observed staff and patrons at this establishment not practicing physical distancing, not wearing face coverings, and not complying with their plan," police said in an emailed news release.
Police did not name individuals facing charges.
Gov. Doug Ducey said in a coronavirus update later in the day that the state will hold businesses accountable for failing to enforce social distancing measures or mask requirements.
The Department of Liquor sent a final notice to the following bars and restaurants and warned that they could lose their liquor license if they continue to allow patrons to violate distancing rules:
- Riot House
- Bottled Blonde
- Casa Amigos
- El Hefe
- Maya Day Club
The owners of Riot House, El Hefe and Whiskey Row say the three businesses will close for the weekend to make changes and plans to enforce social distancing.
Meanwhile, the company representing Bevvy, Bottled Blonde, Hi-Fi, The Mint, Casa Amigos says they will install plexiglass covers, enforce a 50% capacity at their restaurants and continue making plans to enforce social distancing.
Arizona COVID-19 surge continues; campus reopening in doubt
Arizona’s surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued Thursday and the University of Arizona’s president cast doubt that its Tucson campus would reopen Aug. 24 as planned.
Arizona has become a national hotspot for the coronavirus since Gov. Doug Ducey lifted stay-home restrictions in May.
Health officials have attributed Arizona’s rising number of cases to both increased testing and community spread of the disease.
The state reported a daily increase of more than 3,000 cases for the fourth time in a week.
University of Arizona's president said a decision on reopening would be made with “great deliberation" but that he wouldn't proceed if he had to decide today.
This report comes from the Associated Press.
Only 12% of ICU beds available, officials say
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported that only 12% of adult intensive care unit beds across the state were available as of Wednesday.
There were 1,495 ICU beds in use as of Wednesday, officials said. The percentage did not change from Tuesday, but the number of beds increased from 1,472.
There were only 15% of inpatient beds available as of Wednesday, and 54% of ventilators available as of Wednesday.
CDC expands list of groups at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated and expanded its list of individuals who are considered at an increased risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19.
The CDC explained that it's clear a substantial number of Americans are at increased risk of severe illness from the coronavirus pandemic – highlighting the importance of continuing to follow preventive measures.
Experts determined there was consistent evidence these conditions increase a person's risk, regardless of age:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes
Record-high deaths reported on Wednesday
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported a record-high 79 deaths on Wednesday.
However, that does not mean that all of those deaths occurred on the same day. That is just the number of deaths that were reported on Wednesday.
The department said 53 of the 79 deaths reported Wednesday were from death certificate matching.
According to the department, the highest single-day death toll appears to be on June 15, when there were 28 deaths. That information is subject to change.
You can find more information on deaths and when they occurred here.
Record-high cases reported on Tuesday
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 3,591 new cases on Tuesday, breaking yet another record.
Tuesday's record broke a previous record set last Friday, when there were 3,246 new cases reported.
Friday's record broke a previous record set just last Thursday, with 2,519 new cases reported Thursday.
And Thursday's record broke a previous record set just last Tuesday, with 2,392 new coronavirus cases reported.
Free face masks offered for Tolleson residents
Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar said city officials have secured free face masks for Tolleson residents.
The city now requires face coverings to be used in public.
“I am committed to continue to put the health of our families above everything else," Tovar said in a statement.
"Face coverings slow the spread of COVID-19.”
The masks will be provided at a drive-thru event at the Tolleson Fire Department. They will be available starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Masks now required in public
Gov. Doug Ducey allowed individual Arizona cities to create their own policies about face-covering requirements and enforcement on Wednesday.
A face covering has proven to be effective at limiting the spread of COVID-19, according to the CDC. The virus is primarily spread by in-person contact through sneezes and coughs.
Many cities, including Phoenix, have adopted their own mask requirement that is now in effect.
How to get tested for the coronavirus in Arizona
Are you looking to get tested for coronavirus in Arizona?
If you have reason to believe you have contracted coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, this is what you should do.
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 63,030 people with confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 1,490 coronavirus-related deaths as of Thursday.
That's up from 59,974 cases and and 1,463 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Wednesday.
That's an increase of 3,056 new cases reported on Thursday, an increase from the 1,795 cases reported on Wednesday but a decrease from the record-high 3,591 new cases reported on Tuesday.
There were 27 new deaths reported on Thursday, a dramatic decrease from the record-high 79 new deaths reported on Wednesday.
In total, 19,337 new tests were reported on Thursday, a decrease from the 10,052 new tests reported on Wednesday.
There have been a total of 619,143 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Thursday.
8.9% of those tests have been positive, an increase from the 8.7% on Wednesday.
Here's a county breakdown:
- Maricopa: 37,135
- Pima: 6,546
- Pinal: 2,912
- Coconino: 1,676
- Navajo: 3,311
- Apache: 2,235
- Mohave: 881
- La Paz: 299
- Yuma: 5,113
- Graham: 70
- Cochise: 468
- Santa Cruz: 1,587
- Yavapai: 564
- Gila: 216
- Greenlee: 17
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.
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