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Coronavirus in Arizona on Oct. 6: 864 new cases, 6 new deaths reported Tuesday

There have been 221,934 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,713 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Tuesday.

Editor's note: Here's the live blog for Oct. 7.

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. 6.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 221,934 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,713 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Tuesday.
  • Three Phoenix-area clubs will be allowed to reopen after they were closed for violating COVID-19 protocols.
  • An Arizona state representative has been hospitalized with COVID-19.
  • President Donald Trump's doctor says he has no symptoms after he and First Lady Melania Trump were diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • 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 221,934 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,713 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state's latest numbers.

That is an increase from 221,070 cases and 5,707 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Monday.

A week ago, there were 218,184 cases and 5,632 deaths reported in Arizona.

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864 new cases, 6 new deaths reported Tuesday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 864 new cases and six 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 1.01 as of Monday, the same as Sunday.

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 5,463 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 100 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.

Arizona state representative hospitalized with COVID-19

Arizona State Rep. Lorenzo Sierra was hospitalized in Washington, D.C. on Sunday with complications related to COVID-19, his office announced Monday. 

He was transferred Monday morning to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, where he is intubated and resting in the intensive care unit, his office said. 

Sierra and his wife were in Washington, D.C. last week when they both began exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. His wife is recovering in isolation with relatives in Washington.

His office said they both tested negative for COVID-19 before they traveled, but "despite taking extensive precautions at all times, they somehow became infected."

Sierra is the third Arizona lawmaker to be diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 100 state lawmakers nationwide have tested positive for the disease and three have died.

Sierra represents Legislative District 19 and lives in Avondale.

Navajo Nation case update

The Navajo Department of Health reported 17 new positive COVID-19 cases and one coronavirus related death. 

The new cases brings their total to 10,501. 7,284 people have recovered from the virus and the total deaths are reported at 560.

3 Valley clubs allowed to reopen after being closed for COVID-19 violations

Three nightclubs -- one in Tempe and two in Scottsdale -- were given the green light Tuesday to reopen their doors after health officials shut them down for violating COVID-19 protocols.

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced Tuesday that Glow Shots and Cocktails in Tempe, Bottled Blonde in Scottsdale and Casa Amigos/Skylanes in Scottsdale were allowed to reopen. 

The department said it and the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control "reached consent agreements that allow for reopening three Phoenix-area businesses that received Notices of Closure for Non-Compliance with Executive Order requirements."

Casa Amigos/Skylanes and Bottled Blonde were closed back in August after they violated their safe-opening attestations. The state had announced its reopening the day before it got shut down.

Glow Shots and Cocktails was shut down one day later.

The department said as of last week, it has received 2,492 complaints involving businesses that violated COVID-19 protocols. 

Many of the complaints were about the same businesses; the complaints involved 1,477 businesses. 

RELATED: Scottsdale bars closed by the state for non-compliance

RELATED: Mill Avenue bar shut down by Arizona health officials for not following COVID-19 guidelines

Kelly, McSally meet Tuesday night for only Senate debate

Republican Sen. Martha McSally and her Democratic challenger Mark Kelly meet Tuesday in what’s likely to be the only debate of the campaign.

The faceoff provides McSally a much-needed chance to gain ground on Kelly, a retired astronaut who has consistently led the race in polling and fundraising, just before voters begin casting ballots. 

In-person early voting begins Wednesday and election officials around the state will begin dropping absentee ballots in the mail the same day.

For Kelly, a first-time candidate, the debate is a chance to show his mettle under pressure.

The above article was written by the Associated Press. 

Tourist sites on Navajo Nation to remain closed through 2020

Tourist sites on the Navajo Nation will be closed through at least the rest of the year.

The Navajo Parks and Recreation Department cited a rise in coronavirus cases on the reservation and a public health order in making the announcement. Officials say they'll reassess in January. 

The closure includes tribal parks like the Four Corners Monument, Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park and Lower Antelope Canyon. It also extends to rivers, trails, canyons and roads that lead to those sites. 

The tribe reported 11 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday and no additional deaths, bringing the total number of cases on the reservation to 10,454 with 559 known deaths.

The above article was written by the Associated Press. 

Judge: Video voting OK if necessary due to disability

A judge ruled Arizona election officials can allow voters to cast ballots through video conferencing if necessary.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Randall Warner declined a request by Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich to block the practice. 

The judge agreed with Brnovich that state law requires “special election boards” that assist people who can't mark their own ballot to meet with the voter in person. 

But he says that law is trumped by a federal law requiring that voters with disabilities be accommodated. 

Democratic Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes used videoconferencing to help 10 people vote during the August primary. Brnovich and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey say that's illegal.

The above article was written by 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 221,934 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,713 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That is an increase from 221,070 cases and 5,707 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Monday.

There were 864 new cases reported on Tuesday, an increase from the 316 reported on Monday. 

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

There were 5,463 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 100 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 9,128 new tests were reported on Tuesday, an increase from 7,501 on Monday.

There have been a total of 1,809,327 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Tuesday. 

10.2% of those tests have been positive as of Tuesday, down from 10.3% on Monday. 

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

  • Maricopa: 143,917
  • Pima: 26,052
  • Pinal: 10,810
  • Coconino: 4,331
  • Navajo: 5,828
  • Apache: 3,622
  • Mohave: 4,068
  • La Paz: 549
  • Yuma: 12,877
  • Graham: 898
  • Cochise: 1,928
  • Santa Cruz: 2,895
  • Yavapai: 2,636
  • Gila: 1,463
  • Greenlee: 60

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.