Mayor addresses reopening Gilbert's pools

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.

With Gov. Doug Ducey now allowing gyms and pools to reopen, Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels said the town is looking at when to reopen the popular aquatics programs at the town's pools.

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We are continuing to work on the plan to reopen our pools in Gilbert," she said in her biweekly video message from May 12. "As a reminder, in a typical year, they actually don’t open until the end of May, and we continue to work toward that phase three opening of the few remaining Gilbert facilities that are not currently open."

Daniels also cautioned residents that in modifying the "Stay home, stay healthy, stay connected," which expires May 15, and in issuing its replacement order of "Stay healthy, return smarter, return stronger," the governor still asks precautionary measures be kept in place.


"We also want to emphasize that it still is referencing physical distancing and wearing masks, but there is going to be updated guidance on a lot of reopenings in our community and in our surrounding communities," she said.

Answers on case count changes

Daniels said the state has responded to town questions about why Gilbert's number dropped at one point last week. Daniels said the state had marked some cases in the ZIP codes of the town's two hospitals, Mercy Gilbert and Banner Gateway medical centers. But when the patient's resident ZIP code became known, the cases were moved out of the hospital ZIP code and into the ZIP code where the patient resides, Daniels said.

Case count

The six ZIP codes that cover Gilbert have 224 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported May 12, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting 11,736 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Tuesday, May 12—that is 356 more than the previous day. The state also reports 562 deaths, an increase of 20 deaths from the previous day. The state is also reporting 159,082 COVID-19 tests completed statewide.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is reporting 6,011 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 248 virus-related deaths.


Earlier updates

Information from May 11 can be found here.

Information from May 8 can be found here.

Information from May 7 can be found here.

Information from May 6 can be found here.

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

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.