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Coronavirus in Arizona on Feb. 11: Maricopa County to expand vaccine availability as 1,861 new cases, 200 new deaths reported Thursday

There have been 791,106 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14,662 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Thursday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here is the live blog for Feb. 12.

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, Feb. 11.

Major updates: 

  • There have been 791,106 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14,662 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Thursday.
  • There have been 1,045,644 total vaccines administered 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.
  • Go to 12News.com/Vaccine to find more information on the COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Scroll down to see how many cases are in each ZIP code and additional information.
  • Maricopa County will expand vaccine eligibility to adults 65 and older.

COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Thursday

There have been 791,106 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14,662 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state's latest numbers.

That's an increase from the 789,245 confirmed cases and 14,462 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday.

A week ago, there were 771,796 cases and 13,752 deaths reported in Arizona.

LEER EN ESPANOL: Coronavirus en Arizona el 11 de febrero: 1,861 nuevos casos, 200 muertes se reportan el jueves

1,861 new cases, 200 new deaths reported Thursday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 1,861 new cases and 200 new deaths on Thursday.

The department did not say whether the high death count reported Thursday was due to death certificate matching.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has fallen below half of the pandemic high from a month ago during the height of the fall and winter surge. 

There were 2,507 COVID-19 patients occupying inpatient beds in Arizona as of Wednesday, down from the pandemic high of 5,082 on Jan. 11. 

Arizona has administered 1,045,644 COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Thursday.

The department reports the number of new cases on the day the cases were reported to them by counties and hospitals, not on the day when someone was diagnosed with the virus.

There are 367 hospitalizations per 1 million in Arizona as of Wednesday, according to The COVID Tracking Project. You can find more data from the project here.

There were 12,129 cases reported on the collection date of Jan. 4, the day with the most collected diagnoses so far. The day with the second-most collected diagnoses so far was on Dec. 28, with 11,646 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 166 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 156 people died. That is subject to change.

Arizona reached 700,000 coronavirus cases on Jan. 22, 600,000 on Jan. 9, 500,000 on Dec. 28, 400,000 on Dec. 12, 300,000 on Nov. 23, 200,000 on Aug. 27, 100,000 on July 6 and 50,000 cases on June 21. 

The state reached 14,000 coronavirus deaths on Feb. 6, 13,000 on Jan. 29, 12,000 on Jan. 22, 11,000 on Jan. 15, 10,000 on Jan. 9, 9,000 on Jan. 1, 8,000 on Dec. 22, 7,000 on Dec. 9, 6,000 on Nov. 3, 5,000 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.

Health officials continued to stress that people should continue social distancing, wearing masks in public, and stay home when possible.

Maricopa County to expand vaccine eligibility to adults 65 and older

Maricopa County officials announced Thursday that the county will expand COVID-19 vaccine appointments to adults 65 and older starting Monday. 

The county said the decision was made with the federal pharmacy vaccine program scheduled to begin later this week, which will bring the vaccine to 182 pharmacies in Maricopa County. The locations of those pharmacies were not immediately released.

County health officials estimate there are nearly 400,000 adults ages 65-74 eligible for the vaccine in Maricopa County.

Residents will also be able to review Maricopa County vaccination data on a newly launched dashboard available at Maricopa.gov/COVID19vaccinedata

The dashboard shows:

  • Almost 430,000, or 12%, of Maricopa County residents have been vaccinated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine
  • More than 120,000 Maricopa County residents (about one in four people who have received at least one dose) have been fully vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine
  • About half of those vaccinated in Maricopa County are 65 years or older 

You can find a vaccine appointment in Maricopa County here.

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One Valley health group is helping break down barriers to make sure seniors can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Team 12's Jen Wahl has the latest.


Arizona to open third state-run vaccination site, first in southern Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services will open a state-run COVID-19 vaccination site on the University of Arizona's campus in Tucson.

It will be the third state-run vaccination, in addition to State Farm Stadium and Phoenix Municipal stadium, and the first in southern Arizona.

Registration for appointments at the site will open at 9 a.m. Feb. 16. The appointments will begin on Feb. 18. 

You can register for those appointments at podvaccine.azdhs.gov. Those without computer access or needing extra help registering can call 1-844-542-8201 for assistance.

Appointments will eventually be able to operate 24/7 as more vaccine doses arrive in Arizona. The site will be able to serve up to 6,000 people per day at full capacity.

Team 12's Trisha Hendricks has the latest.

Arizona Senate panel OKs changes to virus care standards

Facing complaints from advocates for people with disabilities, the Arizona Senate is eyeing legislation that would bar hospitals from considering a person’s potential lifespan or disability when the facilities are forced to ration care during the current or any future pandemic. 

The proposal from Republican Sen. Nancy Barto of Phoenix instead requires hospitals assessing patients under state crisis standards of care to only consider a patient’s ability to survive the current hospitalization. 

Barto said at a hearing Wednesday that the current standards could discriminate against disabled Arizonans. 

A Banner Health doctor says the legislation could lead to absurd results.

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

Navajo Nation reports 38 more COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths

Navajo Nation health officials on Wednesday reported 38 new COVID-19 cases and 11 more deaths.

The latest figures raised the totals to 29,041 cases and 1,086 known deaths since the pandemic began. 

Tribal officials said additional federal personnel are beginning to arrive to support vaccination efforts on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. 

The Navajo Department of Health has identified 44 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 from Jan. 22 to Feb. 4, down from 75 communities in recent weeks. 

The tribe has extended its stay-at-home order with a revised nightly curfew to limit the virus’ spread on the reservation. 

The Navajo Nation also is lifting weekend lockdowns to allow more vaccination events.

The above article is from The Associated Press. 

Here is the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services said more than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Thursday.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The state and each county is offering vaccines to people in Phase 1B. Gila County has extended vaccines to some people in Phase 1C. Learn more about the phases here.

How can I sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine?

You can sign up for a vaccine through the state here or find more information about finding up through the counties here.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

There are three locations where the state is administering vaccines: State Farm Stadium, Phoenix Municipal Stadium and University of Arizona's Tucson campus. All other locations are run through the individual counties or federal programs.

Where can I find more information on a COVID-19 vaccine?

You can find more vaccine information at 12News.com/Vaccine.

COVID-19 data dashboard now includes vaccine information

The Arizona Department of Health Services updated its COVID-19 data dashboard to include information including vaccination numbers and demographic data.

The new information can be found on the dashboard in the tab right next to the summary tab where daily coronavirus cases, deaths, and testing numbers are updated.

You can see the updated dashboard here.

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: Thousands of new vaccine appointments available soon at Phoenix Municipal Stadium

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 Thursday

There have been 791,106 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14,662 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That's an increase from the 789,245 confirmed cases and 14,462 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday.

There were 1,861 new cases reported on Thursday, a decrease from the 1,977 new cases reported on Wednesday.

There were 200 new deaths reported on Thursday, an increase from the 176 new deaths reported on Wednesday.

There were 12,129 cases reported on the collection date of Jan. 4, the day with the most collected diagnoses so far. The day with the second-most collected diagnoses so far was on Dec. 28, with 11,646 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 166 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 156 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 16,345 new tests were reported on Thursday, an increase from the 8,654 new tests reported on Wednesday.

There have been a total of 4,019,582 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Thursday. 

14.3% of those tests have been positive as of Thursday, the same since Jan. 31.

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

  • Maricopa: 494,345
  • Pima: 105,909
  • Pinal: 44,439
  • Coconino: 15,875
  • Navajo: 15,060
  • Apache: 10,036
  • Mohave: 20,354
  • La Paz: 2,336
  • Yuma: 35,910
  • Graham: 5,194
  • Cochise: 10,715
  • Santa Cruz: 7,548
  • Yavapai: 16,616
  • Gila: 6,228
  • Greenlee: 538

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. 

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.

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