After a spike in new virus cases and deaths in Maricopa County Saturday, both statistics declined dramatically Sunday and Monday.
County health department preliminary numbers showed 514 new COVID-19 cases Saturday and 24 new deaths from the virus. Both numbers were the highest of the week and the case numbers were the second-highest in more than three weeks.
Both statistics improved with 133 new cases Sunday and 89 Monday. On Sunday the county subtracted seven deaths that had been previously attributed to the coronavirus were subtracted from the virus’ death toll in the county and no new deaths were added to the toll Monday. In total, there have been 137,317 virus cases and 3,151 deaths in the county.
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, Wednesday, Sept. 9, the county’s seven-day daily average was 198 cases, the lowest it’s been since May 25, 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 are significantly smaller than the county’s peak and on a fairly steep decline but have not declined to the level they were at before the county’s surge. In the most recent day of complete data, Friday, Aug. 28, the seven-day daily average was 12 deaths a day, the smallest its been since June 13, 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.