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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