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Coronavirus in Arizona on Nov. 3: 1,679 new cases, 38 new deaths reported Tuesday

There have been 249,818 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 6,020 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Tuesday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here is the live blog for Nov. 4.

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, Nov. 3.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 249,818 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 6,020 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona 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.
  • Scroll down to see how many cases are in each ZIP code and additional information.

COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Tuesday

There have been 249,818 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 6,020 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state's latest numbers.

That's an increase from the 248,139 confirmed cases and 5,982 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday.

A week ago, there were 240,122 cases and 5,891 deaths reported in Arizona.

LEER EN ESPANOL: Coronavirus en Arizona el 3 de noviembre: 1,679 casos nuevos y 38 decesos se reportan el martes

1,679 new cases, 38 new deaths reported Tuesday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 1,679 new cases and 38 new deaths on Tuesday.

Arizona reached 200,000 coronavirus cases on Aug. 27, 100,000 on July 6 and 50,000 cases on June 21. The state reached 6,000 coronavirus deaths 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.

Arizona's Rt, pronounced r-naught, was at 1.16 on Sunday, the same as Saturday.

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.

RELATED: This is the number that health officials are watching closely in the fight against COVID-19 (And you should too)

There were 5,453 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 17, when 104 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.

Trump, Biden fight hard for Arizona's 11 electoral votes

Election Day polls are open in Arizona, a state where electoral college votes have been a safe bet for Republicans for most presidential elections over the past seven decades. But not in 2020. 

Arizona is a swing state for the first time in memory and has been lavished with attention by President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. 

Democrats pin their hopes on Arizona’s changing demographics and the swing voters who split their tickets two years ago to elect a Republican governor and a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. 

Trump and his allies made an aggressive push to hold a state that Trump won by 3.5 percentage points in 2016.

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

RELATED: LIVE UPDATES: Arizona voters to cast ballots on Election Day

Republicans, Democrats push for last-minute Arizona voters

Arizona Republican Martha McSally is trying to hold onto the late John McCain’s former seat in Congress but faces a tough fight from Democrat Mark Kelly in a crucial U.S. Senate contest. 

Democrats are optimistic that Arizona’s changing demographics and President Donald Trump’s unpopularity among some voters can push retired astronaut Kelly to victory in Tuesday’s election. 

No matter who wins, Arizona will have a senator from Tucson for the first time since Democrat Dennis DeConcini left office in 1995. 

Kelly has presented himself as an independent voice. McSally has tried to label him as a vote for liberal priorities.

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

2 of Arizona's 9 House races could turn into nailbiters

Voters can expect a few nail-biters with nine members of Arizona’s U.S. House delegation up for reelection on Tuesday’s ballot. 

For the first time in a decade, Arizona Democrats have a realistic shot at winning one of four solidly Republican U.S. House districts. 

Democrat Dr. Hiral Tipirneni is challenging five-term Republican Rep. David Schweikert in the suburban 6th District that takes in much of north Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. 

Democrats also are on guard in the 1st District, where incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom O'Halleran faces a spirited challenge from Eloy farmer Tiffany Shedd. 

Chances appear slim for other districts to be flipped.

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

Legal pot, tax hike for rich for schools on Arizona ballots

Arizona voters are deciding whether to levy a big new tax on the wealthy to boost funding for K-12 schools and if the state will legalize recreational marijuana. 

Proposition 207 would let people 21 and older possess up to an ounce of marijuana and allow legal sales. 

Proposition 208 is designed to boost pay for teachers and support staff, plus fund teacher training and education, and increase career and technical education by levying a new tax on high-earning Arizonans. 

If one or both pass, it will be a repudiation of Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and GOP conservatives who control the Legislature. 

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

Arizona Cardinals players test positive for COVID-19

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Devon Kennard tweeted on Monday that he was one of the two players who tested positive for COVID-19 during the team's bye week.

Cornerback Byron Murphy was also placed on the injured reserve/COVID-19 list, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted later in the day.

Both players are starters on defense.

RELATED: Arizona Cardinals players Devon Kennard, Byron Murphy test positive for COVID-19

Navajo Nation reports 47 new cases, 3 new deaths

The Navajo Department of Health reported 47 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and three more deaths.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 11,875. 

The total number of deaths remains 584 as of Monday. 

Reports indicate that 7,568 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and 126,331 COVID-19 tests have been administered. 

Navajo Nation lawmakers approve casino reopening plan

Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have approved legislation to reopen the tribe's four casinos.

The action Monday came despite a tribal health expert warning that the coronavirus is spreading uncontrollably. 

Navajo President Jonathan Nez has not said whether he'll support the measure. 

The tribe reported 47 additional cases of the coronavirus as of Monday and three confirmed deaths. 

The latest figures bring the total number of reported cases to 11,875 and the known death toll to 584 on the reservation. 

A shelter-in-place order, mask mandate, daily curfews and weekend lockdowns remain in effect on the reservation that extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. 

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

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.

RELATED: Arizona’s health department wants you to report businesses that don’t enforce safety requirements

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 249,818 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 6,020 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That's an increase from the 248,139 confirmed cases and 5,982 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday.

There were 1,679 new cases reported on Tuesday, an increase from the 666 reported on Monday.

There was 38 new deaths reported on Tuesday, an increase from the one reported on Monday.

There were 5,453 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 17, when 104 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 11,071 new tests were reported on Tuesday, an increase from the 7,570 new tests reported on Monday.

There have been a total of 2,124,628 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Tuesday. 

9.6% of those tests have been positive as of Tuesday, down from 9.7% on Monday.

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

  • Maricopa: 161,154
  • Pima: 29,141
  • Pinal: 12,312
  • Coconino: 5,470
  • Navajo: 6,579
  • Apache: 4,042
  • Mohave: 4,538
  • La Paz: 630
  • Yuma: 14,071
  • Graham: 1,307
  • Cochise: 2,256
  • Santa Cruz: 3,078
  • Yavapai: 3,102
  • Gila: 2,034
  • Greenlee: 104

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.