Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse

Medical personnel prepare to test hundreds of people lined up in vehicles in Phoenix’s western neighborhood of Maryvale on June 27 for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Kristin Urquiza stands next to her father, Mark, during his funeral in Phoenix. Gov. Doug Ducey ended Arizona’s stay-at-home order on May 15, eased restrictions on businesses, and initially blocked local lawmakers from requiring residents to wear masks. By June 11, the elder Urquiza had developed a fever and cough. He was hospitalized and eventually placed on a ventilator. He died June 30. (Brenda Urquiza/via AP)

NEW YORK — A long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic.