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Coronavirus in Arizona on March 2: 849 new cases, 81 new deaths reported

There have been 818,670 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,060 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Tuesday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here is the live blog for March 3.

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 Tuesday, March 2.

RELATED: COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona: Frequently Asked Questions

Major updates: 

  • There have been 818,670 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,060 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Tuesday.
  • There have been 1,857,741 total vaccines administered as of Tuesday.
  • 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.

50,000 vaccine appointments fully booked in two hours

The Arizona Department of Health Services opened up 50,000 more vaccination appointment slots at noon on Tuesday. 

Within two hours, the appointments were fully booked, according to a tweet from the department.

There has not been any further information shared on when more appointments will be open.

COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Tuesday

There have been 818,670 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,060 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That's an increase from the 817,821 confirmed cases and 15,979 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday.

A week ago, there were 810,658 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 15,650 deaths reported in Arizona.

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849 new cases, 81 new deaths reported Tuesday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 849 new cases and 81 new deaths on Tuesday.

Arizona has administered 1,857,741 total vaccines COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Tuesday.

The state’s seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and daily deaths dropped over the past two weeks and the the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations also continued falling. 

In another development, a Yuma County officials said Monday that Arizona in mid-March may open a state-run COVID-19 vaccination site at the Yuma Civic Center.

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 176 hospitalizations per 1 million in Arizona as of Monday, down from 177 on Sunday, according to The COVID Tracking Project. You can find more data from the project here.

There were 12,188 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 11,648 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 170 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 165 people died. That is subject to change.

Arizona reached 800,000 coronavirus cases on Feb. 17, 700,000 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 16,000 coronavirus deaths on on March 2, 15,000 on Feb. 17, 14,000 on Feb. 6, 13,000 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.

Health officials continued to stress that people should continue social distancing, wearing masks in public, and stay home when possible.

Maricopa County health officials helping seniors get COVID-19 vaccine

Maricopa County health officials are helping residents at the Fillmore Gardens Senior Housing Center in Phoenix get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Arizonans ages 55 and older, 'frontline essential workers' eligible to get COVID-19 vaccine

Arizona’s health department is opening eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to people 55 and older as the state prepares to open up tens of thousands of new appointments.

ADHS announced 50,000 appointments will be ready to be scheduled on its website starting at noon on Tuesday.

The shots will be given at state vaccination centers at State Farm Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium and will be distributed as early as Thursday.

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR AN APPOINTMENT: A step-by-step guide to register for a COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona

The change comes as Arizona transitions to what ADHS is calling a “hybrid” vaccine distribution model.

Those in groups prioritized for vaccination can register for appointments at podvaccine.azdhs.gov/. Information about all vaccination sites across Arizona can be found at azhealth.gov/findvaccine

Those without computer access or needing extra help registering can call 1-844-542-8201 to be connected with someone who can assist.

RELATED: 50,000 appointments available Tuesday as Arizona opens up vaccinations

Gov. Doug Ducey receives COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. Doug Ducey received his COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, the same day that the Arizona Department of Health Services expanded eligibility to people 55 and older.

Ducey is 56 years old, making him eligible for the vaccine on Tuesday.

The governor tweeted out a series of photos of Dr. Cara Christ administering the vaccine at State Farm Stadium.

Appointments for other Arizonans over the age of 55 would not be made available until noon Tuesday. Ducey got his vaccine before 10 a.m.

AIA votes to remove mask mandate for spring season, winter playoffs

The Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board voted to remove the mask mandate for the spring season and winter playoffs.

This was done because of "improving COVID-19 metrics," including decreasing COVID-19 cases and increased hospital bed capacity.

Students, coaches, officials and other personnel must wear a mask when not actively playing or in the arena of competition. 

All spectators also must wear an approved mask or face covering. All other COVID-19 modifications remain in place.

Navajo Nation confirms 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Navajo Nation health officials on Monday reported 12 new coronavirus cases but no additional deaths.

The latest figures bring the total number of COVID-19 cases to 29,754 cases since the pandemic began. 

The death toll stands at 1,170. 

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez cautioned in a statement that people should not become complacent just because case numbers continue to trend downward. 

Health facilities on the reservation and in border towns are conducting drive-thru vaccine events or administering doses by appointment. 

The Navajo-area Indian Health Service has vaccinated more than 100,000 people so far.

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

Here is the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services said more than 1.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Tuesday.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The state and each county is offering vaccines to people in Phase 1B. Gila County has extended vaccines to some people in Phase 1C. Learn more about the phases here.

How can I sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine?

You can sign up for a vaccine through the state here or find more information about finding up through the counties here.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

There are four locations where the state is administering vaccines: State Farm Stadium, Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Chandler-Gilbert Community College and University of Arizona's Tucson campus. All other locations are run through the individual counties or federal programs.

Where can I find more information on a COVID-19 vaccine?

You can find more vaccine information at 12News.com/Vaccine.

COVID-19 data dashboard now includes vaccine information

The Arizona Department of Health Services updated its COVID-19 data dashboard to include information including vaccination numbers and demographic data.

The new information can be found on the dashboard in the tab right next to the summary tab where daily coronavirus cases, deaths, and testing numbers are updated.

You can see the updated dashboard here.

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.

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 Tuesday

There have been 818,670 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,060 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That's an increase from the 817,821 confirmed cases and 15,979 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday.

There were 849 new cases reported on Tuesday, a decrease from the 1,039 new cases reported on Monday.

There were 81 new deaths reported on Tuesday, an increase from the zero new deaths reported on Monday.

There were 12,188 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 11,648 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 170 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 165 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 6,463 new tests were reported on Tuesday, a decrease from the 7,245 new tests reported on Monday.

There have been a total of 4,210,980 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Tuesday. 

14.1% of those tests have been positive as of Tuesday, the same as Monday.

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

  • Maricopa: 511,636
  • Pima: 109,684
  • Pinal: 46,322
  • Coconino: 16,599
  • Navajo: 15,657
  • Apache: 10,469
  • Mohave: 21,242
  • La Paz: 2,401
  • Yuma: 36,458
  • Graham: 5,297
  • Cochise: 11,232
  • Santa Cruz: 7,633
  • Yavapai: 17,069
  • Gila: 6,410
  • Greenlee: 560

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.

Watch more videos featuring the latest news about COVID-19 in Arizona, including doctor responses to questions about the coronavirus, in our 12 News YouTube Playlist here.