Though Gov. Doug Ducey warned “it’s going to get worse” at the end of June, the number of COVID-19 tests, hospitalizations and deaths increased dramatically in June compared to previous months.
Maricopa County COVID-19 reported deaths by month: April, 141; May, 263; June, 364.
Meanwhile, the total number of positive cases increased in June by a factor of more than five.
On June 1, 9,812 positive cases were reported in the county. On July 1, the number of positive cases in the county was 52,020. (During the first week of July, the total has gone over 60,000.)
In June, hospitalizations from COVID-19 rose from 1,536 to 2,598—a 70% increase.
On June 20, Maricopa County and many city regulations went into effect requiring masks to be worn in public.