Here's the coronavirus news Chandler residents need to know April 4-12
Here are the coronavirus updates to know this week. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper)
9:07 a.m. April 12: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 1,957, according to health officials. The death toll is now 48, with one new reported death from yesterday to today. Statewide, there are 3,539 cases with 115 deaths reported.
9:06 a.m. April 11: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 1,886, according to the county department of public health. The county also reported six new virus-related deaths, bringing the county death toll to 47. Statewide, 3,393 cases were reported with 108 total deaths, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
3:40 p.m. April 10: Gov. Doug Ducey announced that the state has secured 100 additional ventilators from the Strategic National Stockpile. These ventilators will be shipped to Arizona's staging area and deployed to the state's critical need areas, including tribal nations.
9:06 a.m. April 10: There are now 1,741 cases of COVID-19 in Maricopa County, according to data from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. The county also reported two new deaths related to the virus, bringing the county death toll to 41. Statewide, there are 3,112 COVID-19 cases reported with 97 total deaths. The county is also now releasing how many coronavirus cases are tied to long-term care facilities. As of April 10, there were 128 cases at long-term care facilities, with 16 deaths reported in the county.
5:23 p.m. April 9: Arizonans receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will be able to use benefits for online food purchases with-authorized SNAP online retailers, Walmart and Amazon, Gov. Doug Ducey announced April 9. This change will help limit social interaction for Arizona’s most vulnerable while ensuring SNAP recipients receive needed food assistance.
The new flexibility comes thanks to an approval from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, which granted Arizona’s request for online purchases and as well as additional changes to strengthen food security benefits in Arizona. The online purchasing changes are expected to start at the beginning of next month following additional guidance from the federal government.
Ducey also issued an executive order April 9 to help boost medical staffing levels and provide certainty and liability protections to health care professionals serving on the front lines. The order provides protections to health care professionals treating patients during the COVID-19 health emergency, while also protecting patients against negligence or reckless misconduct.
Ducey further announced the reopening of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix with 339 ICU high-acuity beds, with flexibility for other uses if needed. The additional beds will serve as overflow capacity for hospitals statewide.
St. Luke’s previously shut its doors due to low patient demand in November. But with a peak in Arizona’s COVID-19 hospitalizations projected to occur in the coming weeks, the hospital was selected as a location to set up additional ICU beds with assistance from the U.S Army Corps of Engineers
9:10 a.m. April 9: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 1,687 with two new deaths reported, bringing the death toll to 39 in Maricopa County, according to data from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. Statewide, there are 3,018 coronavirus cases with 89 reported deaths.
9 p.m. April 8: The Arizona Department of Economic Security was awarded $9.8 million in funding from the federal government for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, Gov. Doug Ducey announced April 8. The federally funded program provides emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost to low-income individuals, including seniors.
Of the funding, $7.34 million will be dedicated to purchasing food, and $2.5 million will be used to help maximize the coordination and ability of regional food banks to store and distribute the food to program distribution sites.
Ducey also announced April 8 the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System will work with its provider partners to make available more than $50 million in accelerated hospital payments to help hospitals weather the financial storm from the coronavirus pandemic.
Arizonans can get documents notarized remotely, while ensuring secure and effective verification processes under an executive order Ducey signed April 8 in partnership with Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
9:06 a.m. April 8: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 1556 with two new deaths reported, bringing the death toll to 37 in Maricopa County, according to data from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. Statewide, there are 2726 coronavirus cases with 80 reported deaths.
5:43 p.m. April 7: Gov. Doug Ducey today signed four executive orders. One order expands healthcare reporting requirements on hospitals and health care providers to better track data needed to protect health care workers and patients and help slow the spread of COVID-19. The additional data will include the number of ICU beds and ventilators in use for COVID-19 patients, the number of suspected COVID-19 patients visiting emergency rooms and the estimated amount of PPE used per day, in addition to other items.
Another executive order signed today allows Arizona restaurants to repackage and sell grocery items they have on hand, including items not normally packaged and labeled for resale.
Yet another order was signed that calls for enhancing and reinforcing health protection in Arizona residential care institutions, nursing care institutions and related health care facilities. The order requires all staff to use appropriate personal protective equipment, implement symptom checks for those entering the facility, and offer electronic communication if visitation is restricted and more.
The final order calls for an increase in quarantine guidelines for out-of-state travelers entering Arizona. Under the order, anyone who travels to Arizona from an area with substantial community spread through any airport in the state must isolate or quarantine themselves upon arrival for 14 days.
9:09 a.m. April 7: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 1494, according to Maricopa County Public Health. The county also reported an additional 4 deaths due to the virus, bringing the county total to 35. Statewide, there are 2575 coronavirus cases with 73 deaths reported, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
2:56 p.m. April 6: Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order April 6 halting evictions in the state for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the order, evictions will be halted until May 31.
The order also encourages commercial landlords to defer rent payments for small business tenants facing economic hardship due to COVID-19 and consider waiving all fees and interest associated with late payments.
The order builds on previous actions to delay the enforcement of eviction action orders for renters impacted by COVID-19. In addition, on March 30, Ducey announced a cooperative agreement with the state’s banks to protect small businesses and families from eviction and foreclosure
9:03 a.m. April 6: The number of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 1433, according to Maricopa County Public Health. On April 6, the county reported 31 coronavirus deaths, with no change reported in the death toll from April 5 to April 6. Statewide, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2456 COVID-19 cases statewide and 65 coronavirus deaths.
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.
Gov. Doug Ducey announced April 4 that President Trump in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency today approved Arizona’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the state. The declaration makes available additional federal assets and resources to aid Arizona’s COVID-19 response efforts.
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.