Hillsborough County COVID-19 update, Mask recommendation

As of Saturday evening, April 11, Hillsborough County confirmed 698 COVID-19 cases. The age range for the cases in the county are 0 to 98, with 50% being men and 50% women. There have been 15 deaths, including the one additional death reported today. COVID-19 caused 119 hospital admissions.

Approximately 6.4% of people who have been tested for COVID-19 in Hillsborough received a positive result. Results from 10,847 tests carried out show 10,142 were negative for COVID-19 at the time of the test.

Statewide, Florida has reported 18,986 total cases–18,445 positive cases in Florida residents and 541 positive cases in non-Florida residents. More than 175,000 tests have been performed to date.

446 deaths have been reported to date.

Earlier this week, Hillsborough County officials reminded the public they¬†should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation to¬†wear a cloth mask, including homemade masks, in community settings.

Widespread COVID-19 across the country, along with new information about how the coronavirus spreads, led the CDC to issue the advisory recommending the use of masks in public. It emphasizes that wearing a face mask does not eliminate the need to remain at least 6 feet from anyone else or to follow other preventive measures such as frequent hand washing.

The goal is to protect people around you if you are infected with COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 2 years old or people who have trouble breathing. There are not enough surgical face masks for everyone, and available ones should go first to healthcare workers and first responders.

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