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Coronavirus in Arizona on Sept. 28: 273 new cases, one new death reported Monday

There have been 217,510 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,623 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Monday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here is the live blog for Sept. 29.

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 Monday, Sept. 28.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 217,510 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,623 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Monday.
  • 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 Monday

There have been 217,510 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,623 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state's latest numbers.

That is an increase from 217,237 cases and 5,622 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Sunday.

A week ago, there were 214,251 cases and 5,478 deaths reported in Arizona.

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273 new cases, one new death reported Monday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 273 new cases and one new death on Monday.

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 0.92 as of 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.

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There were 5,468 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 days with the highest numbers of reported deaths were July 16 and 17, when 98 people died each day. 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.

GCU starts in-person classes on Monday

Grand Canyon University is opening up its classrooms on Monday. Team 12's Matt Yurus has the latest.

Peoria advances to new reopening phase on Monday

The city of Peoria will advance to a new reopening phase on Monday. Team 12's Jen Wahl has the latest.

UArizona says it's seen fewer COVID-19 cases, better compliance

The University of Arizona said in a press release Monday that officials have seen fewer cases of COVID-19 and better compliance with public health measures. 

This comes after several outreach efforts and a recommendation for all students living on or near campus to shelter-in-place for two weeks. That order is set to end Tuesday, but may be reinstated if numbers begin to rise again.

"Recommendations for face coverings, physical distancing and other measures will continue to be the hallmark of our success," UArizona President Robert Robbins said in a statement.

"I encourage all of you – students, faculty, staff and other members of our southern Arizona community, including visitors to our campus – to continue following the rules so that we can protect one another and move forward," he said. 

The university will offer most classes in an online format through at least Oct. 5, with only essential courses held in person. 

As of Friday, there were 36 new positives from 1,051 new tests conducted by the university. Testing numbers are updated each day on the university's COVID-19 dashboard.

Navajo Nation reports 18 new cases, 3 more deaths

The Navajo Department of Health reported 18 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and three more deaths on Sunday.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 10,290, which includes three additional cases that were previously unreported due to delayed reporting from health care facilities.

The total number of deaths is now 555 as of Sunday. 

Reports indicate that 7,250 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and 104,884 COVID-19 tests have been administered. 

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 Monday

There have been 217,510 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,623 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That is an increase from 217,237 cases and 5,622 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Sunday.

There were 273 new cases reported on Monday, a decrease from the 412 reported on Sunday. 

There was one death reported on Monday, an increase from the zero reported on Sunday.

There were 5,468 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 days with the highest numbers of reported deaths were July 16 and 17, when 98 people died each day. That is subject to change.

In total, 6,368 new tests were reported on Monday, a decrease from the 9,926 new tests reported on Sunday.

There have been a total of 1,740,990 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Monday. 

10.4% of those tests have been positive as of Monday, down from 10.5% on Sunday.

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

  • Maricopa: 141,377
  • Pima: 25,445
  • Pinal: 10,571
  • Coconino: 4,098
  • Navajo: 5,786
  • Apache: 3,527
  • Mohave: 3,985
  • La Paz: 544
  • Yuma: 12,715
  • Graham: 821
  • Cochise: 1,903
  • Santa Cruz: 2,843
  • Yavapai: 2,532
  • Gila: 1,303
  • Greenlee: 59

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.