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 Tuesday, June 30.
- There have been 79,215 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 1,632 coronavirus-related deaths, as of Tuesday morning.
- The state does not record how many people have recovered, but Johns Hopkins University estimates 9,179 people have recovered..
- Some Arizona gyms are choosing to remain open despite Gov. Doug Ducey's order to close gyms, bars, movie theaters, tubing and water parks on Monday. A spokesperson for Ducey says he wants law enforcement to take immediate action on offenders.
- 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.
Ducey wants immediate enforcement for those defying executive orders
Gov. Doug Ducey put out executive orders Monday closing gyms, bars, movie theaters, tubing and water parks in Arizona until at least July 27.
As many gyms around the state have announced their intentions to remain open in defiance of the order, and a lawsuit brought against Ducey by Mountainside Fitness, Ducey says he wants law enforcement to take immediate action.
Ducey's spokesman Patrick Ptak made the following statement:
"We are coordinating and communicating with law enforcement, making clear the executive order provides full authority to enforce it immediately. (Offenders) don’t need to be educated first. There is immediate enforcement."
COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Tuesday
There have been 79,215 people with confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 1,632 coronavirus-related deaths as of Tuesday, according to the state's latest numbers.
That is an increase from 74,533 cases and 1,588 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Monday.
A week ago, there were 58,179 cases and 1,384 deaths reported in Arizona.
Some Arizona gyms staying open
Some gyms are staying open after Gov. Ducey ordered Arizona gyms to close on Monday.
Mountainside Fitness and others are staying open. Some gyms announced their business models are not in violation of the order. Read more here.
Dr. Birx meets with leaders in Arizona
Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, was in Arizona Tuesday and met with Gov. Ducey.
Tuesday's numbers are higher than usual due to lag in reporting Monday
The Arizona Department of Health Services said in a tweet thread before the numbers were released on Monday that they would not be accurate.
The department said the data posted "will not reflect all the new cases."
The department said one of its lab partners did not submit its daily report in time.
They added that they are working with the partner to get the issue resolved.
The data was reflected in Tuesday's dashboard. The department said more than half of Tuesday's newly reported cases should have been reported Monday.
The new cases that were reported on Tuesday "will be distributed over their collection dates, which usually can extend back 4-7 days," the department said.
Fossil Creek to open at 50% capacity Fridays-Sundays
A portion of each parking lot at Fossil Creek will open to the public Friday through Sunday each week, beginning July 3.
It will remain closed Mondays through Thursdays.
Capacity will remain at 50% percent through July. Fossil Creek may open additional spaces in August if conditions allow.
“We feel very strongly about our responsibility to maintain recreation access to as many areas on the Coconino National Forest as possible,” said Red Rock District Ranger Amy Tinderholt.
“The best we can do right now with the resources we have is to allow half of the normal crowd access to Fossil Creek. At the end of July we will re-assess and decide if we’re able increase capacity in August.”
Gov. Ducey closes bars, gyms, movie theaters, tubing/water parks
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday that bars, gyms and movie theaters, along with tubing and water parks, will close until at least July 27.
Ducey also announced groups of 50 or more will only be allowed to congregate with permission of the local mayor, or in unincorporated areas, the Board of Supervisors.
Arizona schools start date pushed back
Arizona schools will now not be permitted to begin until Aug. 17, but may be permitted to begin earlier virtually, Gov. Ducey announced Monday.
Pence to visit Ducey in Arizona on Wednesday
Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Phoenix on Wednesday to meet with Gov. Doug Ducey.
They will discuss "the efforts the state is taking to combat COVID-19." Later that evening, Pence will return to Washington D.C.
Pence was originally expected to visit Tucson and Yuma on Tuesday, where he would have held public campaign events.
The trip was then modified so Pence would only meet with Ducey on Tuesday before it was delayed by one day for unknown reasons.
Navajo Nation cases grow by 63, no new deaths
The Navajo Department of Health reported 63 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and no new deaths.
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 7,532.
The total number of deaths remains at 363.
Reports from all 12 health care facilities on and near the Navajo Nation indicate that approximately 5,095 individuals have recovered from COVID-19.
More than 54,700 people have been tested for COVID-19.
CDC expands list of groups at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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
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 Tuesday
There have been 79,215 people with confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 1,632 coronavirus-related deaths as of Tuesday.
That is an increase from 74,533 cases and 1,588 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Monday.
That's an increase of 4,682 new cases reported on Tuesday, a massive increase from the 625 new cases reported on Monday. However, more than half of the newly reported numbers on Tuesday should have been included in Monday's data.
There were 44 new deaths reported on Tuesday, a massive increase from the zero new deaths reported on Monday.
In total, 23,471 new tests were reported on Tuesday, an increase from the 3,939 new tests reported on Monday.
There have been a total of 701,834 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Tuesday.
9.9% of those tests have been positive, an increase from the 9.6% on Monday.
Here's a county breakdown:
- Maricopa: 48,592
- Pima: 8,004
- Pinal: 3,574
- Coconino: 1,885
- Navajo: 3,625
- Apache: 2,337
- Mohave: 1,071
- La Paz: 342
- Yuma: 6,212
- Graham: 96
- Cochise: 614
- Santa Cruz: 1,771
- Yavapai: 781
- Gila: 292
- Greenlee: 18
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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