Coronavirus: April 28 updates to know in Chandler

Here are the coronavirus updates to know in Chandler. (Community Impact staff)
Here are the coronavirus updates to know in Chandler. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the coronavirus updates to know in Chandler. (Community Impact staff)


Arizona Medicaid program advances $41 million in provider payments to address coronavirus pandemic

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s Medicaid agency, is advancing more than $41 million in scheduled payments to hospitals, primary care providers, behavioral health outpatient providers, and justice clinic providers who participate in the agency’s Targeted Investments program, according to a news release from Gov. Doug Ducey.

“Arizona’s hospitals, doctors and behavioral health professionals have supported those in need during the COVID-19 health emergency and well before,” said Ducey in a news release. “AHCCCS is providing these payments ahead of schedule so we can ensure these health care providers and professionals can continue to serve Arizonans without interruption. My thanks to frontline workers and health care professionals across the state working around the clock to protect public health and safety.”

More information is available here.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance


The Arizona Department of Economic Security announced that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance system will launch May 12. More information on the application process is available at https://des.az.gov/pua

Data updates

Maricopa County now has 3,572 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 135 confirmed virus-related deaths, an increase of 14 reported deaths from the previous day. Statewide, the Arizona Department of Health Services reports 6,948 COVID-19 cases and 293 deaths statewide.


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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors met May 17. (Screen capture from YouTube)
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Masks will be optional for the 2021-22 Chandler USD school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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The city of Chandler headquarters is in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Doug Ducey
Ducey unveils program to encourage individuals to return to work

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Doug Ducey
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Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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COVID-19 vaccine
Arizona children ages 12-15 can be vaccinated starting May 13

Arizona Department of Health Services officials said they are ready to administer vaccines to the state’s 400,000 children in that age group at state-run vaccination sites in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Tucson, Yuma and Flagstaff.