PHOENIX — There is a lot of news surrounding the coronavirus in Arizona.
In an effort to track the changes, 12 News has started a daily live blog.
Here is the live blog for Saturday, April 4
- There are now 2,019 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona
- 52 people have died from the virus or complications related to the virus in Arizona
- Mohave County Department of Public Health confirmed their county's first COVID-19 related death. They also stated Mohave County now has 17 confirmed cases
- The state does not track the number of people who have recovered
- Arizona is on a stay-at-home order that took effect Tuesday and will last through the end of the month.
One week ago, the state had 773 cases and 13 deaths.
Here's a county breakdown Friday morning, according to the state:
- Maricopa: 1,171
- Pima: 326
- Pinal: 89
- Coconino: 147
- Navajo: 177
- Apache: 20
- Mohave: 12
- La Paz: 2
- Yuma: 14
- Graham: 3
- Cochise: 7
- Santa Cruz: 4
- Yavapai: 43
- Gila: 3
- Greenlee: 1
Mohave County confirms its first COVID-19 related death
Mohave County Department of Public Health confirmed the county's first COVID-19-related death was a resident over the age of 65 who had other underlying health conditions.
MCDPH also stated that the county now has 17 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with nine positive confirmed cases in the Lake Havasu City area, six in Kingman, and two in Bullhead City.
Arizona’s major disaster declaration approved
President Trump has approved Gov. Doug’s Ducey’s request to declare a major disaster. This will make federal resources available to the state to help contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Nail salons, barbers, other services to close
Gov. Doug Ducey is re-defining "essential businesses" to close more places during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the original executive order early last week, "personal hygiene services" like barbershops and beauty salons were considered essential and allowed to stay open.
These businesses have been ordered to close starting 5 p.m. on Saturday,
6 million masks being made for Arizona
Millions of protective masks will be made for Arizona after a deal was struck between the state and Honeywell.
The N95 masks are effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, and they will be distributed to health workers and first-responders as soon as they’re delivered.
It’s unknown how quickly the masked will be built. The Arizona Department of Health is anticipating the local peak of the pandemic to be in late April and into May.
The masks will be produced in Phoenix, and the company also says it will create 500 jobs.
Navajo Nation police fining curfew violators
The Navajo Nation says 241 cases of coronavirus and eight deaths connected to it have been confirmed on tribal land as of Thursday night. An additional 1,796 people tested negative.
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has asked people to make personal protection masks and donate them if they can.
Tribal police will now issue citations to people violating the 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew that was enacted Monday.
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:
- 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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