County public health data showed high numbers of new coronavirus cases but a low number of virus deaths Thursday.
Data from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health reported 333 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and six new deaths. Only eight of the past 28 days have topped Thursday’s new case tally. In the last week, new case numbers have been oscillating from high to low each day with a general trend upwards. Death numbers, on the other hand, have been gradually declining over the past week. New virus cases and virus deaths often trend in different directions because deaths are a lagging indicator. Deaths do not reflect the new case numbers recorded on the same day but usually better reflect the new case numbers from two or three weeks ago.
In the Peoria area, cases are up from 5,434 to 5,521 compared to this time last week, a difference of 87 cases, according to Arizona Department of Health Services.
County cases and deaths have returned nearly to the levels they were at before the county’s summer surge. COVD-19 cases peaked in the county in late June and early July, according to county public health data, reaching 3,825 cases in a day on June 29. In recent days, cases have been trending slightly upward. The county’s seven-day daily average of new cases was 196 on Friday, Sept. 11 and increased to 280 by Sunday, Sept. 20, the biggest increase since mid-July when the county began to decline from its surge. That statistic has flattened out since then, landing at 281 on Wednesday, Sept. 24, the most recent day of complete data.
Over 90% of cases were mapped to the address of the patient's residence. If the patient's address was unknown the case was mapped to the address of the provider followed by the address of the reporting facility.
Vincere Cancer Center has a mobile testing van. The tests are free, but appointments are required at www.Phoenix.gov/COVIDTesting.
AZDHS and ASU Biodesign have partnered to make available COVID-19 saliva testing for Arizonans. It’s quick, easy and free.
The coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough for most people. The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 recover.
But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness including pneumonia, and death.
Here is the breakdown of COVID-19 cases for ZIP codes that include Peoria and some surrounding areas, according to ADHS: