May 5 Gilbert update: Mayor says town has task forces preparing for reopening

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.

Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels said the town has assembled four task forces to help it navigate reopening when Gov. Doug Ducey allows it under his executive orders.

"We’re working hard on what reopening looks like," Daniels said in her video message of May 5. "As soon as we get the go-ahead from the governor, then we can proceed."

Daniels said she wanted to be clear that the town was not at liberty to proceed on reopening without the governor's approval.

"We are required under state law to adhere to those executive orders," she said. "They don’t say 'cities or towns may or might.' They say 'cities and towns shall abide' by these laws. So we are following what we have to, to make sure we are in compliance with the state and also doing our part to make sure when there are restrictions are lifted, that we can implement those efforts right away."


At the evening Town Council meeting, Town Manager Patrick Banger further expounded on the task forces. One group is set to help town businesses in the reopening. A A second is looking at reopening facilities under Centers for Disease Control and others' guidelines. The third is examining remote processes used during the shutdown and seeing what can be adopted going forward. The last group is tracking expenses related to COVID-19 and preparing to submit for reimbursements for the town on those expenses.

Case count

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 212 COVID-19 cases across the six Gilbert ZIP codes on May 5, an increase of eight from the previous day.

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.



Earlier updates

Information from May 4 can be found here.

Information from May 1 can be found here.

Information from April 30 can be found here.

Information from April 29 can be found here.

Information from April 28 can be found here.

Information from April 27 can be found here.

Information from April 24-26 can be found here.

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.