May 6 Gilbert update: County approves guidelines for CARES Act aid

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 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 May 6 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 Clint Hickman, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, in the 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 count

The six ZIP codes that serve Gilbert have 214 positive cases of COVID-19, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services' May 6 report. That's two more than the previous day.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reported 125 new COVID-19 cases 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.





Earlier updates

Information from May 5 can be found here.

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
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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