April 26 Gilbert update: Three new COVID-19 cases reported across Gilbert ZIP codes

Here are the coronavirus updates to know this week. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper)
Here are the coronavirus updates to know this week. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper)

Here are the coronavirus updates to know this week. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper)

The coronavirus is affecting the entire world, including the town of Gilbert. Here are the Gilbert, Maricopa County and statewide updates that residents need to know.

This story will be frequently updated with outbreak-related news and links to other in-depth coverage.

The number of cases of COVID-19 reported April 26 in the six ZIP codes that serve Gilbert is 165, up three from the previous day.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County is now 3,351 with 121 deaths reported, according to data from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. Statewide, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 6,526 positive COVID-19 cases and 275 deaths.

Updated April 25

The number of cases of COVID-19 reported April 25 in the six ZIP codes that serve Gilbert is 162, up three from the previous day.


The number of confirmed cases reported April 25 in Arizona is 6,280, up 235 from April 24, with 273 deaths, an increase of seven.

Maricopa County has reported 3,222 confirmed cases April 25, an increase of 99 from the previous day, and 120 deaths, which represents no increase.

Updated April 24

Hundreds of students’ meal balances are clear after a Gilbert mortgage broker’s $50,000 donation to the Higley USD “angel account.”

Barrett Financial Group made the donation April 24 to pay off debt from unpaid student meals.

Owners and employees in the company decided to forego bonuses this year in favor of giving back to the community, according to Trevor Barrett, president and owner of Barrett Financial Group.

In some cases, the act erased several years of debt.

When students in Higley seek to purchase a cafeteria meal, they are allowed to do so, even

when they have a balance. The district works with families to try help those in need—directing them to federal free and reduced-lunch meal programs.

“I am so grateful to Barrett Financial Group,” Superintendent Dr. Mike Thomason said in a statement. “This donation will take a stress off Higley families, which is much needed any time but especially right now. It will also allow the district to move forward without meal service debt as we start looking at next school year.”

The Higley District is serving more than 3,000 meals daily through curbside meal service. Pickup times range from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to meet the varied needs of the community.

Meals are available for anyone 18 years of age and younger. This is not a needs-based program and families do not have to attend Higley schools to qualify.

HUSD has also offered to deliver meals to community non-profit organizations to support those

children 18 years of age and under.

Higley Center TV presents entertainer Johnny B

The Higley Center for the Performing Arts will show “boogie woogie” piano player Johnny B’s “Rhythm of the North” show on its HCTV platform. The multimedia show is about living in Alaska. Johnny B is based in Homer, Alaska. The show will air at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. April 27.


April 24 case count

The number of cases of COVID-19 reported April 24 in the six ZIP codes that serve Gilbert is 159, up six from the previous day.

The state of Arizona has 6,045 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on April 24, up 276 from the previous day. Additionally, 266 people have died, an increase of 17.

Maricopa County has reported 3,123 confirmed cases April 24, an increase of 160 from the previous day, and 120 deaths, up five.

Earlier updates

Information from April 23 can be found here.

Information from April 22 can be found here.

Information from April 21 can be found here.

Information from April 20 can be found here.

Information from April 13-19 can be found here.

Information from April 6-12 can be found here.

Information from March 30-April 5 can be found
here.

Information from March 27-29 can be found here.

Information from March 24-26 can be found here.

Information from March 20-23 can be found here.

Information from March 12-20 can be found here.

Community Impact Newspaper Editor Alexa D'Angelo contributed to this report.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.