Maricopa County’s coronavirus death toll had its largest jump in nearly two weeks Wednesday, adding 30 new deaths along with 331 new COVID-19 cases, according to preliminary numbers from the county health department.
The new case total is the highest of this week so far. There were three days last week with a higher total of new cases, topping out at 514 new cases Saturday, which preceded a dip of just 133 cases Sunday and 89 Monday. The last time the county recorded 30 or more virus deaths in a day was Thursday, Sept. 3.
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. In the most recent day of complete data, Tuesday, Sept. 8, the county’s seven-day daily average was 202 cases, the lowest it’s been since May 26, just before the county’s surge.
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, Aug. 30, the seven-day daily average was 11 deaths a day, the smallest its been since June 12, just after the start of the county’s surge in deaths. In early June and prior, before the surge, county death totals were consistently below 10 a day.