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Coronavirus in Arizona on Sept. 10: 461 new cases, 22 deaths reported Thursday

There have been 207,002 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,273 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Thursday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here's the live blog for Sept. 11.

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 Thursday, Sept. 10.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 207,002 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,273 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Thursday.
  • 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 Thursday

There have been 207,002 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,273 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state's latest numbers.

That is an increase from 206,541 cases and 5,251 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Wednesday.

A week ago, there were 203,953 cases and 5,130 deaths reported in Arizona.

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461 new cases, 22 deaths reported Thursday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 461 new cases and 22 new deaths on Thursday.

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 1.03 as of Wednesday.

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 5,481 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 97 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.

11 Arizona counties have meet benchmarks for partial business reopening

Santa Cruz is now among the counties in Arizona that met the benchmarks Thursday to reopen businesses that were once ordered to close their doors in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

The business reopening status for Santa Cruz County was "moderate," meaning there were two consecutive weeks of 10 to 100 cases per every 100,000 people, a percent positivity between 5% and 10% and hospital visits for COVID-like illnesses in the region between 5% and 10%.

Here are the Arizona counties and their reopening status as of Thursday: 

  • Apache: Moderate
  • Cochise: Moderate
  • Coconino: Moderate
  • Gila: Substantial
  • Graham: Substantial
  • Greenlee: Minimal
  • La Paz: Minimal 
  • Maricopa: Moderate
  • Mohave: Moderate 
  • Navajo: Moderate
  • Pima: Moderate
  • Pinal: Substantial
  • Santa Cruz: Moderate
  • Yavapai: Moderate
  • Yuma: Substantial

RELATED: Maricopa County reaches 'moderate' benchmark to reopen businesses

ASU reports 1,305 COVID-19 cases among students

Arizona State University officials said Wednesday that there are 1,305 known positive COVID-19 cases among students and 25 among faculty and staff.

There have been 610 students and 138 faculty and staff that have been "cleared for release," the university said. 

These cases have been collected since Aug. 1. The university has tested about 48,152 from students and employees. 

"The incidence of testing has increased as we launched periodic testing of a statistically significant percentage of the on-campus population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff."

RELATED: ASU President Michael Crow: “Our report is not a public health report. Our report is a report on the status of operation of the University.”

Scottsdale schools plan phased reopening

The Scottsdale Unified School District board approved a phased return back to in-person learning. Team 12's Jen Wahl has the latest.

RELATED: Arizona school districts announce changes for 2020-2021 school year

Phoenix delivers PPE to schools

The city of Phoenix is committed to keeping students and teachers safe this school year. 

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said city officials delivered more than one million pieces of personal protective equipment to Valley school districts this week. 

UArizona postpones graduation events

The University of Arizona postponed all graduation and homecoming celebrations for the rest of the year. 

In a letter to students, university officials said they were heartbroken to cancel the ceremonies but believed it was the right call to keep everyone safe. 

Online graduation ceremony information will be available on the university's website

No COVID-19 deaths on Navajo Nation for 2nd time in 3 days

Navajo Nation health officials on Wednesday reported 12 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, but no deaths for the second time in three days.

The latest numbers increase the total number of people infected to 9,915 with the known death toll remaining at 527. 

Tribal health officials reported one new coronavirus case Monday and no additional deaths for the first time since March. 

They say 98,068 people have been tested for COVID-19 as of Wednesday and 7,167 have recovered. 

Much of the Navajo Nation has been closed since March as the coronavirus swept through the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. 

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) 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 Thursday

There have been 207,002 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,273 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That is an increase from 206,541 cases and 5,251 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Wednesday.

There were 461 new cases reported on Thursday, a decrease from the 496 new cases reported on Wednesday.

There were 22 deaths reported on Thursday, a decrease from the 30 new deaths reported Wednesday.

There were 5,481 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 97 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 4,115 new tests were reported on Thursday, an increase from the 2,961 new tests reported on Wednesday.

There have been a total of 1,545,586 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Thursday. 

11.1% of those tests have been positive as of Thursday, down from 11.2% on Wednesday.

Here's a county breakdown:

  • Maricopa: 136,571
  • Pima: 22,140
  • Pinal: 10,142
  • Coconino: 3,436
  • Navajo: 5,665
  • Apache: 3,392
  • Mohave: 3,776
  • La Paz: 525
  • Yuma: 12,351
  • Graham: 767
  • Cochise: 1,855
  • Santa Cruz: 2,780
  • Yavapai: 2,390
  • Gila: 1,154
  • Greenlee: 58

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.