Newly reported cases of COVID-19 in Maricopa County returned to last week’s high levels with the county’s Department of Public Health listing 2,188 new cases on Tuesday.
The number pushed up the total of coronavirus cases reported in Maricopa County to 192,255 since the beginning of the pandemic. The county reported no deaths on Tuesday as the total number stood at 3,894.
Approaching Thanksgiving, Maricopa County has continued to see rising case numbers as a second wave of COVID-19 sweeps through the region and state. Last week saw four days of reported cases over 2,000 per day. That has pushed up the seven-day rolling average for cases, which stood at 1,937 as of Nov. 18.
The seven-day rolling average for deaths also ticked up slightly to 11 per day as of Nov. 7. Reports of deaths related to the coronavirus are typically two to three weeks behind reports of cases.
While the Valley has seen a nearly tenfold increase in the average number of daily cases since a low point in mid-September, the region has not hit the highs it did during a summer outbreak.
Local officials, however, are concerned gatherings over Thanksgiving could push those numbers significantly higher by mid-December and push local hospitals to expand room for COVID-19 patients.
Hospitalizations are increasing, according to county data, but so far not at the rate they were in late spring.
On average, as of Nov. 15, 73 people per day were admitted to hospitals as a result of the coronavirus. At their July 10 peak, county hospitalizations were at 229 per day average.
During the county’s summer spike, cases reached 3,809 cases in a day on June 29. The highest seven-day average for cases reached during the summer was July 2 at 3,199.