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Coronavirus in Arizona on March 15: 638 new cases, 0 new deaths reported Monday

There have been 833,381 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,553 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Monday.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Here's the live blog for March 16.

12 News continues to track the changes with the coronavirus outbreak and vaccination efforts in Arizona with our daily live blog.

Here is the live blog for Monday, March 15.

RELATED: COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona: Frequently Asked Questions

Major updates: 

  • There have been 833,381 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,553 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona as of Monday.
  • There have been 2,546,985 total vaccines administered 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.
  • 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.

COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Monday

There have been 833,381 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,553 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona, according to the state health department data.

That's an increase from the 832,743 confirmed cases and 16,553 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Sunday.

A week ago, there were 827,237 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,328 deaths reported in Arizona.

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638 new cases, 0 new deaths reported Monday

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 638 new cases and zero new deaths on Monday.

Monday's numbers are typically lower compared to the rest of the week due to delays in reporting over the weekend.

The number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds continues to drop. 

As of Sunday, 716 people were hospitalized due to the virus. Of those, 210 were in ICU beds. 

Meanwhile, many Arizona schools reopened for full-time in-person instruction Monday as mandated by Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order. He cited teachers getting vaccinated as a main factor.

Arizona has administered 2,546,985 total vaccines COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Monday.

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 were 12,420 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 Jan. 5, with 11,780 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 171 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 165 people died. That is subject to change.

Arizona reached 800,000 coronavirus cases on Feb. 17, 700,000 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 16,000 coronavirus deaths on on March 2, 15,000 on Feb. 17, 14,000 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.

Some Arizona schools head back to in-person learning Monday

Some students are heading back to the classroom across Arizona on Monday. Team 12's Jen Wahl has the latest information.

RELATED: One year after school closure announcement, some are ready to open up classrooms again

Pop-up COVID-19 vaccine site coming to Phoenix this week

A pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site is coming to Harmon Park in Phoenix this week. 

Practice vaccinations begin Monday and appointments will open up starting Wednesday. 

Anyone looking to book an appointment will need to do so through Maricopa County and will need to meet the county eligibility.

Team 12's Matt Yurus has everything you need to know.

MORE: 12News.com/Vaccine

State Farm Stadium COVID-19 vaccine site to hit milestone Monday

The COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale will reach a major milestone on Monday. 

The Arizona Department of Health Services said the site would record half a million vaccine doses administered. 

You can find out more information in the link below. 

MORE: 12News.com/Vaccine

Navajo Nation reports 3 more COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

The Navajo Nation on Sunday reported three additional cases of COVID-19, but no new deaths.

The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s pandemic total to 29,948 confirmed cases. 

The known death toll remained at 1,218. 

The Navajo Nation is planning a soft reopening Monday with 25% capacity for some businesses under certain restrictions. 

Tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement that health care experts continue to caution everyone about traveling because another surge of the virus could happen.  

Nez says vaccines continue to be administered across the Navajo Nation and tells tribal members to “continue staying home as much as possible, wear a mask, practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings and crowds, and wash your hands often.” 

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 2.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Monday.

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 four locations where the state is administering vaccines: State Farm Stadium, Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Chandler-Gilbert Community College 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.

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 833,381 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16,553 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Arizona.

That's an increase from the 832,743 confirmed cases and 16,553 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Sunday.

There were 638 new cases reported on Monday, a decrease from the new cases reported on Sunday. 

There were zero new deaths reported on Monday, a decrease from the new deaths reported on Sunday.

There were 12,420 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 Jan. 5, with 11,780 cases. That is subject to change.

Health officials said the day with the highest number of deaths was Jan. 18, when 171 people died. The day with the second-highest number of deaths was Jan. 13, when 165 people died. That is subject to change.

In total, 7,260 new tests were reported on Monday.

There have been a total of 4,379,060 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Monday. 

13.9% of those tests have been positive as of Monday.

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

  • Maricopa: 520,861
  • Pima: 111,344
  • Pinal: 47,733
  • Coconino: 16,885
  • Navajo: 15,567
  • Apache: 10,724
  • Mohave: 21,657
  • La Paz: 2,421
  • Yuma: 36,602
  • Graham: 5,331
  • Cochise: 11,418
  • Santa Cruz: 7,695
  • Yavapai: 18,125
  • Gila: 6,456
  • Greenlee: 562

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.

You can text FACTS to 602-444-1212 to receive more information on the coronavirus and to ask questions.

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