The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 10,526 COVID-19 confirmed cases across the state May 8, an increase of 581 from the previous day. The state also reported 517 virus-related deaths, an increase of 67 from the previous day. Health services officials said in a tweet that 35 of the new deaths are from death certificates dating back to the week of April 12.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reported 5,288 confirmed COVID-19 cases May 8 and 228 deaths due to the virus.
May 7 update
Arizona has 9,945 cases on May 7, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, an increase of 238 from the previous day. There have been 450 deaths, 24 more than the previous day.
Maricopa County reported 5,042 positive COVID-19 cases and 198 deaths on May 7.
May 6 update
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved spending guidelines to disperse more than $398 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) during 2020, according to a news release from the county.
The money is intended to cover expenditures related to the public health emergency that were not already included in this year’s budget, according to the news release. Already, the county has spent some CARES Act dollars on personal protective equipment, hiring extra medical personnel, disinfection and sanitation services and mitigating the spread of disease among vulnerable populations, according to the county.
“This amount of money gives us the ability to enhance our services and help many people in our County,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Clint Hickman, in a news release. “But we are at the beginning of a long fight against this disease and have to be responsible and prepare for unforeseen needs.”
The county has continued to increase funding for COVID-19 concerns by placing orders of personal protective equipment, hiring more contact tracing investigators and leasing and staffing space to house at-risk people experiencing homelessness.
“We have spent close to $9 million in little more than a month on programs specific to COVID-19, and fully expect spending to accelerate as we meet increasing needs for testing and contact tracing in the community,” Hickman said. “This is what the federal money was meant for.”
Case number updates
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reported 125 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, May 6, bringing the county total to 4,866. The county also reported seven new COVID-19 fatalities, bringing the county death toll to 182. Statewide, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 9,707 COVID-19 cases May 6 and 426 virus-related deaths.
May 5 update
Maricopa County Department of Public health reported 4,741 COVID-19 cases Tuesday, May 5 and 175 virus-related deaths, increases of 123 cases and seven deaths. Statewide, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 9,305 COVID-19 cases, up 386 from the previous day, and 386 total deaths, an increase of 33.
May 4 updates
The city of Chandler public library system announced Monday, May 4 that all the city's libraries would open for holds pickup services this week. The pickup for items on hold is available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the city. More information on the process is available at https://www.chandlerlibrary.org/holdpick-faq.
Case number updates
Maricopa County Department of Public health reported 4,618 COVID-19 cases Monday, May 4 and 168 virus-related deaths. Statewide, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 8,919 COVID-19 cases and 362 total deaths.