May 2 roundup: This week's top 5 stories from Chandler, Gilbert

Read the top five stories from this past week on Community Impact Newspaper's website.

5. Ducey extends 'Stay home, stay healthy, stay connected' order through May 15 with modifications

Gov. Doug Ducey on April 29 outlined his plan to gradually reopen businesses across Arizona.

4. Maricopa County preparing to expand contact tracing for COVID-19

The Maricopa County Public Health Department is preparing to increase its contact tracing efforts for coronavirus cases by eight to ten times its current level.



3. Arizona unveils 'testing blitz' to ramp up screening efforts

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said April 27 the state’s health department will be ramping up its coronavirus testing, aiming to test 10,000-20,000 residents on three consecutive Saturdays.

2. Chandler City Council moves to reopen some park amenities, discusses preliminary 'return to service' plan

Chandler City Council discussed its three-phase “return to service plan” for resuming normal operations during its April 23 meeting.

1. Coronavirus: Chandler mayor says Phase 1 of city's return to service plan will start May 4

Chandler skate and bike parks reopened May 1, and city staff will begin preparing to reopen other facilities and resume services May 4, Mayor Kevin Hartke announced April 30.

Alexa D’Angelo and Tom Blodgett contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

See daily COVID-19 data updates. (Community Impact staff)
COVID-19 case counts remain low in Chandler, vaccinations continue to increase across city's ZIP codes

According data from June 14, 155,609 vaccinations have been administered in Chandler.

Here are the coronavirus hospitalization data updates to know across Arizona. (Community Impact staff)
COVID-19-related hospitalizations continue to remain low across Arizona

Take a look at the hospitalization data across Arizona.

Chandler City Council approved the city's $1.06 billion budget June 10 and approved the city's 10-year capital improvement plan for $1.27 billion. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler City Council approves $1.06 billion budget

Chandler City Council approved the city's $1.06 billion budget June 10 and approved the city's 10-year capital improvement plan for $1.27 billion.

In the last week, Maricopa County residents received about 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine per day, according to the county. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
50% of Maricopa County residents age 10 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

In the last week, about 10,000 Maricopa County residents received doses of COVID-19 vaccine per day, according to the county.

Colton Grubb announced Grubstak would close its doors June 13. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Grubstak in Chandler closes its doors

The Chandler restaurant opened in 2018.

Goldfish Swim School anticipates opening June 15 in Gilbert. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
3 businesses coming soon to Gilbert; Higley USD puts bond on ballot and more top area news

Read the latest business and community news from the past week from the Gilbert and Chandler areas.

Chandler City Hall is in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler City Council to hold public hearing on proposed budget, vote on it June 10

Chandler City Council will host a public hearing on the city's proposed $1.06 billion budget during a meeting June 10 before voting on the budget proposal.

Between January and April, the Maricopa County Assessor's Office reported 19,232 permits for home construction work, according to the county. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Home construction projects on the rise across Maricopa County

Home construction permits are seeing a sharp increase across Maricopa County, according to data from the Maricopa County Assessor's Office.

As of June 7, 6,016,915 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 3,385,174 individuals, including 2,884,332 who are now fully vaccinated. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
ADHS: Nearly 3 million Arizonans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

More than 3.4 million Arizonans have receieved at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to ADHS.

Picazzo's Healthy Italian Kitchen will open June 3 in Gilbert. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Picazzo's restaurant opens in Gilbert; Chandler council calls for bond election and more top area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Gilbert and Chandler areas.

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced June 3 that state-run vaccination sites will be phased out by the end of June. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Arizona state-run vaccination sites to close by June 28

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced June 3 that state-run vaccination sites will be phased out by the end of June.

Chandler is celebrating Independence Day with a “drive-in” July 4 fireworks event at Tumbleweed Park. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler to host July 4 fireworks with drive-in celebration

Chandler is celebrating Independence Day with a “drive-in” July 4 fireworks event at Tumbleweed Park.