County public health data showed low numbers of new coronavirus cases but a high number of virus deaths Wednesday.
The 89 new cases reported Wednesday by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health mark just the fourth day this month with fewer than 100 new cases. Conversely, the 27 new virus-related deaths reported by the county Wednesday were only the sixth time this month with as many deaths.
Reporting of virus deaths usually lag a couple weeks behind reporting of new cases.
County cases and deaths have been returning to the levels they were at before the summer surge. COVD-19 cases peaked in the county in late June and early July, according to data from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, reaching 3,825 cases in a day on June 29. The most recent data shows case numbers ticking up slightly. In the most recent day of complete data, Tuesday, Sept. 15, the county’s seven-day daily average was 240 cases, a notable rise from four days prior when the figure was at 188. There’s only been one other instance, which occurred in late August, of a rise that large since mid-July when numbers began to decline from the county’s peak.
The county’s surge in coronavirus-related deaths has lagged a couple weeks after the surge in cases, as is typical with COVID-19 reporting. The county’s worst single-day death total was 66 on July 15. Daily death totals declining steadily but have not declined to the level they were at before the county’s surge. In the most recent day of complete data, Sunday, Sept. 6, the seven-day daily average was 8 deaths a day, the smallest its been since May 15, well before start of the county’s surge in deaths in mid-June. In early June and prior, before the surge, county death totals were consistently below 10 a day.