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Coronavirus in Arizona on Oct. 13: 683 new cases, 8 new deaths reported Tuesday

There have been 226,734 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,767 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Tuesday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here's the live blog for Oct. 14.

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, Oct. 13.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 226,734 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,767 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.
  • Officials identified an outbreak at Arcadia High School. 
  • 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 226,734 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,767 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state's latest numbers.

That is an increase from 226,050 cases and 5,759 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Monday.

A week ago, there were 221,934 cases and 5,713 deaths reported in Arizona.

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683 new cases, 8 new deaths reported Tuesday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 683 new cases and eight 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 5,000 coronavirus deaths 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 1.00 on Monday.

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 5,462 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 101 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.

Arcadia High School reports 2 positive COVID-19 cases

Officials with Arcadia High School in Phoenix said two students tested positive for COVID-19. 

A letter sent to students and parents on Monday said the "Maricopa County Department of Public Health has identified an outbreak of COVID-19 at Arcadia High School."

The letter continued to say that the department defines an outbreak at a school as two or more students or staff who have tested positive within a 14-day period and could have had close contact with others, don't live in the same home and were not identified as close contacts of each other. 

School officials said they are working closely with public health officials to "identify close contacts of the individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 to prevent further spread of the disease."

If anyone has been identified as a close contact, they will receive a separate notification from the school and will be required to stay home from school for 14 days. 

Anyone who tests positive or is required to quarantine will not be permitted on campus until the quarantine period has expired.

School officials asked students, parents and staff to remain vigilant about wearing masks, distancing, hand washing and recognize and report symptoms of illness to our school nurse.

More Chaparral High School students test positive

Officials with Chaparral High School in Scottsdale are reporting seven more students have tested positive for COVID-19.

This comes after a football game between the school and Saguaro High School was canceled last month after a Chaparral player tested positive for COVID-19.

Chaparral officials say the school will be in outbreak status according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health until the school reports zero new cases for two weeks.

The school says, “In order for our school and extracurricular activities to remain open, we need everyone’s cooperation with, Recognizing symptoms of illness; Being forthcoming by reporting illness of any kind to our school nurse, and staying home if there is COVID-19 illness in the household.

RELATED: Chaparral vs. Saguaro game canceled after Chaparral player tests positive for COVID-19

Court mulls whether to end Arizona’s registration extension

An appeals court considering whether to put on hold an extension of Arizona’s voter registration posed tough questions at a hearing Monday over whether state law allows such an extension.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Steven Logan extended the deadline from Oct. 5 to Oct. 23 after finding the pandemic has undermined election integrity by preventing a portion of the population from registering to vote. 

Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Republican groups and Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs are asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to put on hold the ruling. 

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

Navajo Nation reports 30 new coronavirus cases and 6 deaths

Navajo Nation health officials on Monday reported 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths.

The latest numbers bring the total number of cases to 10,728 including two additional cases that was previously unreported due to delayed reporting. 

The known death toll is now at 571.  

Tribal health officials said 112,648 people on the the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have been tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic started and 7,343 have recovered. 

A shelter-in-place order, mask mandate, daily curfews and weekend lockdowns remain in effect on the Navajo Nation. 

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 226,734 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,767 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That is an increase from 226,050 cases and 5,759 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Monday.

There were 683 new cases reported on Tuesday, an increase from the 475 reported on Monday.

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

There were 5,462 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 101 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 7,476 new tests were reported on Tuesday, a decrease from 8,576 on Monday.

There have been a total of 1,883,906 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Tuesday. 

10% of those tests have been positive as of Tuesday, the same as Monday.

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

  • Maricopa: 147,010
  • Pima: 26,516
  • Pinal: 11,123
  • Coconino: 4,529
  • Navajo: 5,923
  • Apache: 3,708
  • Mohave: 4,096
  • La Paz: 572
  • Yuma: 13,089
  • Graham: 951
  • Cochise: 1,972
  • Santa Cruz: 2,922
  • Yavapai: 2,721
  • Gila: 1,537
  • Greenlee: 64

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.