PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 896 new coronavirus cases Friday morning, Arizona's statewide total is now at 857,347 cases.
ADHS added 17 new deaths to its dashboard Friday morning. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Arizona is now 17,238.
As of Friday, the state has administered more than 4.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 2.8 million people have received at least one dose, and almost 2.1 million are fully vaccinated.
ADHS has now added a map on their dashboard that shows how many people have been vaccinated in each ZIP code. Search your neighborhood here.
January replaced December as the deadliest month of the pandemic. In December, 3,227 deaths were recorded, while 4,346 deaths were recorded in January. February reported 1,777 deaths, 547 people died in March and 125 people have died in April so far.
ADHS says on any given day, illnesses diagnosed in the previous four to seven days might not be reported yet. Here are the latest case totals:
- April (so far) -> 12,447
- March -> 20,605
- February -> 45,665
- January -> 199,851
- December -> 219,889
- November -> 104,408
- June -> 81,407
- July -> 80,305
Arizona changes guidelines
While other states place new restrictions on businesses to fight against the coronavirus, that will not be the case in Arizona.
Over the summer, the state set up benchmarks for businesses to safely reopen, but now, with cases rising, the state will not be using them.
The state's top health official acknowledged that she changed the guidelines, which are used to determine whether businesses should stay open during this pandemic. Those changes essentially guarantee that places like bars and restaurants will stay open for the duration of the pandemic, no matter how bad our numbers get.
"There are other strategies that may come in before that, before we would recommend closing," Dr. Cara Christ, head of the Arizona Department of Health Services, said Friday when asked at what point she would recommend closing businesses.
This information is updated when the Arizona Department of Health Services releases new data, which happens every day at about 8:15 a.m.