COVID-19 cases in Hillsborough County near 1,000; Curfew rescinded

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is reporting 943 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hillsborough County through Friday evening, including 19 deaths. Of this total, more than 600 cases have been reported in Tampa residents.

Elsewhere in the Tampa Bay region, Pinellas County has reported 577 cases, Manatee County (352), Polk County (320) and Pasco County (196).

Statewide, the DOH reports 25,269 total cases and 740 deaths.

On Thursday, members of the Emergency Policy Group (EPG) met and voted to cancel a curfew order which had gone into effect earlier this week. The Safer-at-Home order remains in effect.

Also, EPG members stepped up their appeal to residents to wear face coverings. The Centers for Disease Control advises the use of face coverings to slow the spread of the virus, and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

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  1. Please be safe. It’s much easier to be safe than sorry. It’s not even that you will infect someone. It’s quite the opposite. This prevents you from them. Why chance getting sick? And how about causing a loved ones death.

  2. They need to bring the curfew back in affect this is going to worse because ignorant people that sent emails to take the curfew away. Lord have mercy on us. Mayor please put the curfew back so we can get this in control before it gets out of hand

  3. I have to say that I am very saddened by the number of people’s lives that we have lost to the Coronavirus Outbreak. I think that if any person could slow the spread of this virus by doing simply the minimum of wearing a face covering such as a face mask then that is the part that we must play in the defeat of such a deadly virus. We are fighting many battles right now; battles against our government, against a virus, and financial battles as well. This lethal attack that has ravaged our world tearing families apart has been blamed on several different parties, and at this point we are not absolutely sure who is to blame. However, we can wear coverings to help so it down. #KillCovid-19

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