Roundup: Coronavirus updates to know in Chandler March 30-April 5

Schools, cities, counties and states are making adjustments to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Schools, cities, counties and states are making adjustments to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Schools, cities, counties and states are making adjustments to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)


9:20 a.m. April 5: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 1318, with 31 deaths reported, according to Maricopa County Public Health. Statewide, the number of confirmed cases is 2,269 with 64 confirmed deaths.

10:13 a.m. April 4: The city of Chandler announced that per guidance issued by Gov. Doug Ducey all Chandler park amenities will close as of 5 p.m. April 4. This includes the tennis center, dog parks, skate and bike parks, archery range, playgrounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, pickleball courts, ramadas and standard places of gathering. The city's park restrooms will also remain closed.

10:07 a.m. April 4: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 1173, according to Maricopa County Public Health. The number of COVID-19 deaths in the county is now at 28, up from 17 the previous. Statewide, the number of confirmed cases is 2,019.

2:21 p.m. April 3: Gov. Doug Ducey announced changes to what are considered essential businesses and services. Barbers, cosmetology, hairstyling, nail salons and aesthetic salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, spas and massage parlors are ordered to close by 5 p.m. April 4. In addition, amenities at public parks that do not allow for recommended physical distancing or proper hygiene such as basketball courts, splash pads, playgrounds and public restrooms will be forced to close by 5 p.m. April 4, but public parks shall remain open to the greatest extent possible. Communal pools such as those at hotels, condominiums, apartment complexes and parks should still be maintained under environmental and public health rules and guidelines, according to the governor's office.

9:08 a.m. April 3: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 1,050, according to Maricopa County Public Health. The number of deaths in the county related to the virus is now at 17. Statewide, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 1,769 COVID-19 cases and 41 deaths.


5 p.m. April 2: The city of Chandler has created a COVID-19 hotline, it is available at 480-782-2999.

4:58 p.m. April 2:
Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order April 2 allowing pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of maintenance medications for a 90-day supply and an additional 90-day supply if needed, without a doctor’s visit.

TV and radio stations across Arizona will simulcast a live hourlong interview with Gov. Ducey at 6 p.m. April 2 from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. More than 50 stations are expected to broadcast it live.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health has implemented a donation management program for Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, needed by those providing health care.


The program allows for individuals and/or organizations who have a supply of materials commonly used by healthcare to donate it at the reception area of the donations warehouse at 1645 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Power and water public utility Salt River Project will hold its 2020 elections April 7 by utilitizing ballot dropoff at the SRP Administration Building, 1500 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, as well as drive-thru voting. The elections will fill 22 seats on the board and council of the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District, and 20 seats on the board and council of the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association.


9:13 a.m. April 2: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 964, according to Maricopa County Public Health. There was a death reported April 2, brining the county total to 12 fatalities due to the coronavirus. Statewide, there have been 32 coronavirus-related deaths reported. As of April 2, the statewide case total was 1,598.

8:33 a.m. April 2: The Grand Canyon National Park closed April 1 after a recommendation from Coconino County Health and Human Services.

9 p.m. April 1: Gov. Doug Ducey wrote President Donald Trump on April 1 to request a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government—a procedural step to acquire federal assets and resources to assist Arizona’s COVID-19 response efforts.

Ducey also issued and executive order allowing pets and animals in Arizona to be examined by their veterinarians through telemedicine, ensuring pet owners don’t have to leave their home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ducey also requested U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to assist Arizona’s dairy farmers by finding solutions to restart the international export of Arizona dairy products to Mexico.

County suspends in-person recording services

The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office suspended counter availability at the Phoenix and Mesa locations starting March 31. Kiosk locations throughout Maricopa County will also be temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Digital recording customers and those with established electronic filing accounts will see no interruption in services received. Documents also can be mailed

9:07 a.m. April 1: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 873, with 11 total deaths reported, according to data from Maricopa County Public Health. On March 31, the number of deaths reported was eight. Statewide, the number of cases is now 1,413. 6:30 p.m. March 31: The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department has cut back on operating hours at its parks and implemented other restrictions to ease crowding on trails and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

9:04 a.m. March 31: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 791, according to Maricopa County Public Health. That number is up from 689 the previous day. Statewide, there are 1,289 cases of coronavirus. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Maricopa County is now 8, up from 5 the previous day.

3:45 p.m. March 30: Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc. extended the closure of Gila River Hotels & Casinos—Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte and Vee Quiva. The voluntary short-term closure, originally scheduled to end on April 1 has been extended until April 30.

2 p.m. March 30:
Gov. Doug Ducey announced a stay-at-home order will be in place for Arizonans until April 30.

11:47 a.m. March 30: Gov. Doug Ducey announced March 30 a $6.75 million aid package for food banks and homeless services. Of that, $5 million will go to help homeless shelters slow the spread of COVID-19 and $1 million to immediate food bank assistance. In addition, the governor announced an agreement with the state’s banks to protect small businesses and families from eviction and foreclosure. Banks also committed to expediting the application and approval of small business loans as part of the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program passed by Congress and signed into law last week. Under the agreement, banks are suspending evictions and foreclosures for at least 60 days, with the potential to extend that period for the duration of the state’s emergency declaration.

9:04 a.m. March 30: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 689. One week ago, the case count in Maricopa County was 139. On March 29, the case count was 146. Five deaths have been reported in the county, no new deaths were reported March 30.

8:15 a.m. March 30: Gov. Doug Ducey and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced March 30 that the state is closing all Arizona schools through the remainder of the school year.

8 a.m. March 30: Chandler USD begins remote learning today, according to district officials. Chandler USD also expanded its curbside meal service beginning this week. The meals are now available at additional school sites throughout the district. The meals are for children 18 and under.

7:45 a.m. March 30: City of Chandler officials announced March 27 the extension of city facility closures due to COVID-19.


  • Chandler Center for the Arts: Performances canceled through April 30. Box Office hours modified to Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Saturday

  • Chandler Museum: Closed through April 10

  • Chandler Public Libraries: Closed through April 10

  • Chandler Recreation Centers: Closed through April 10, including the Community Center, Environmental Education Center, Snedigar Recreation Center and Tumbleweed Recreation Center

  • Chandler Parks are open. However, all park restrooms are closed through April 30 so that cleaning supplies and staff resources can be directed to other areas.

  • Chandler Pools and Aquatic Centers – Closed for the Season. The availability of lap swimming at select facilities will be re-evaluated as needed.

  • Chandler Senior Center: Closed through April 10. The Senior Center will continue to provide carryout or delivery of hot meals to senior residents who depend on this service.

  • Chandler Vision Gallery: Closed through April 10.


For city, county and state updates from earlier in the month, click here.
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