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Coronavirus in Arizona on Oct. 14: 902 new cases, 5 new deaths reported Wednesday

There have been 227,635 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,772 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Wednesday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here's the live blog for Oct. 15.

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 Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 227,635 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,772 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Wednesday.
  • 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.
  • University of Arizona changes its spring break next year.
  • J.O. Combs school closed after outbreak
  • Scroll down to see how many cases are in each ZIP code and additional information.

COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Wednesday

There have been 227,635 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,772 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state's latest numbers.

That is an increase from 226,734 cases and 5,767 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Tuesday.

A week ago, there were 222,538 cases and 5,733 deaths reported in Arizona.

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902 new cases, 5 new deaths reported Wednesday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 902 new cases and five new deaths on Wednesday.

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 1.07 on Tuesday, up from 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 5,461 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.

Combs High School closed after COVID-19 outbreak

Combs High School will close classrooms at least through October 27 after a COVID-19 outbreak was reported.

The school district didn’t specify how many students or staff were infected, but they said that two or more people testing positive is defined as an outbreak by the Pinal County Public Health Department.

“The J.O. Combs Unified School District is committed to implementing proactive measures to protect students and staff from exposure to COVID-19, as well as ensuring transparency so that you have all the information to make informed decisions about your health,” the district said.

The school district came under fire from teachers and staff in August after its governing board voted to reopen classrooms well before ADHS recommended it.

Staff members protested in droves and forced the school district to pause the start of the school year. The board agreed to begin instruction with remote learning.

Classrooms finally reopened on September 8.

All other J.O. Combs schools and offices remain open.

RELATED: J.O. Combs schools switching to online learning after board decision

University of Arizona changes spring break for 2021 

Students at the University of Arizona will not have a proper spring break this year in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the university recently announced. 

The university's Faculty Senate made a motion during their Oct. 5 meeting to "approve (a) proposed one-time adjustment to (the) Spring 2020 calendar to mitigate (the) spread of COVID-19."

The motion was seconded and later passed, according to the Faculty Senate webpage

The move will not change anything about the rest of the spring semester, however. 

Instead of a full week, the university's spring break will be broken down into five individual days.

The following days will be designated as "Reading Days," the university said. 

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021
  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • Friday, April 2, 2021
  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021

These days will allow students and instructors to take needed breaks during the spring semester.

Arizona's daily average of virus cases rose in last 2 weeks

The average number of daily coronavirus cases in Arizona has risen over the last two weeks.

The state's average number of cases increased from 476 per day on Sept. 29 to 685 on Oct. 13. 

Arizona averaged more than 4,000 additional cases per day when it was experiencing its peak cases in late June and early July. 

The numbers then decreased, but they are now bumping up again. 

Authorities have reported 902 additional confirmed cases and five deaths as of Wednesday morning. 

In all, the state has recorded 227,635 confirmed cases and 5,772 deaths since the pandemic began.

The above article is from the Associated Press. 

Early end ordered to Arizona's voter registration extension

An appeals court has ordered an early end to an extension of Arizona’s voter registration deadline.

The extension had been ordered by a judge after pandemic restrictions led to a decrease in people signing up to vote. 

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said voter registration will end on Thursday, instead of Oct. 23. 

Arizona has recorded more than 43,000 new registrations in the week since the deadline was extended. 

People who have already completed registrations during the extension period will be allowed to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. 

The appeals court also gave Arizonans a two-day grace period to complete their registrations.

The above article is from the Associated Press. 

RELATED: Court cuts off extension of Arizona voter registration on Thursday

Phoenix ties record with 143rd day of 100 degrees or hotter

For the 143rd time this year, Phoenix posted a daily high temperature of at least 100 degrees on Tuesday.

That ties the record set in 1989 for the most days at or above 100 degrees in a calendar year. 

National Weather Service meteorologists said Phoenix hit triple-digits about 3 p.m. Tuesday and there’s a good chance the city breaks the record on Wednesday or later this week. 

Phoenix has already set several weather records this year with 50 days of 110-degree heat and the hottest August ever since tracking began in 1896. 

The above article is from the Associated Press. 

Court mulls bid to extend vote counting on Navajo Nation

Appeals court judges are considering whether to give officials an extra 10 days after Election Day to count mail-in ballots for Navajo Nation members living on the tribe’s reservation in Arizona. 

The judges peppered lawyers with questions over how such ballots would be distinguished for counting purposes from those of other voters. 

Six Navajos argued more time is needed because mail service on the reservation is slow and turning in ballots by 7 p.m. Nov. 3 would disenfranchise voters. 

A judge previously rejected the request, saying those seeking the extension didn’t prove the deadline imposes a disparate burden on tribal members. 

The above article is from the Associated Press. 

Navajo Nation reports 9 new coronavirus cases, but no deaths

Navajo Nation health officials on Tuesday reported nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no deaths.

The latest numbers bring the total number of cases to 10,737 with the known death toll remaining at 571. 

Tribal health officials say 113,141 people on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have been tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic started and 7,352 have recovered. 

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

Most people experience mild or moderate symptoms with the coronavirus, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. 

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 Wednesday

There have been 227,635 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,772 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That is an increase from 226,734 cases and 5,767 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Tuesday.

There were 902 new cases reported on Wednesday, an increase from the 683 reported on Tuesday.

There were five new deaths reported on Wednesday, a decrease from the eight reported on Tuesday.

There were 5,461 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, 9,170 new tests were reported on Wednesday, an increase from 7,476 on Tuesday.

There have been a total of 1,893,077 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Wednesday. 

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

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

  • Maricopa: 147,551
  • Pima: 26,632
  • Pinal: 11,152
  • Coconino: 4,563
  • Navajo: 5,959
  • Apache: 3,734
  • Mohave: 4,121
  • La Paz: 575
  • Yuma: 13,088
  • Graham: 963
  • Cochise: 1,986
  • Santa Cruz: 2,921
  • Yavapai: 2,727
  • Gila: 1,597
  • Greenlee: 66

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.