Hillsborough Leaders Extend State of Local Emergency
Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 9, 2020) - The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group (EPG) today extended a state of local emergency in response to COVID-19 coronavirus.
By Florida statute, a state of local emergency can be in effect for only seven days, unless rescinded.
Under the state of local emergency, County Administrator Mike Merrill has the authority to carry out all emergency responsibilities delegated by the EPG, including taking whatever prudent action is necessary to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community.
In other action Thursday, EPG members:
- Requested local COVID-19 testing demographic information, if available, in order to identify and reach out to those groups that are not represented and who could take advantage of the free testing that is available.
- Heard a report from Hillsborough County Social Services that requests for crisis intervention services have doubled. Call-takers are scheduling approximately 200 appointments a day, with the number expected to increase in the weeks ahead. The department has requested additional funding to increase the ability to assist impacted households. Residents in need of help with critical bills, food, mental health support and other basic necessities can find a list of resources at HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.
- Asked for any information which Hillsborough County Public Schools can provide that could help emergency leaders know what needs are unmet, such as whether families have access to face coverings.
The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group is comprised of three County Commissioners, the mayors from the cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace, the Sheriff, and Chairman of the School Board. Authority is granted by Article 8 of the Florida Constitution, Section 125.66 and Chapter 252, Florida Statutes. Hillsborough County enacted Hillsborough County Code of Ordinances and Laws Chapter 22, Article II, Sections 22-23 in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the County's residents during declared emergencies.
The next EPG meeting is scheduled Monday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Other Hillsborough County News
Public Works Requests - All transportation, stormwater, and infrastructure engineering services continue as normal at this time with increased personal and work site safety practices. Residents are reminded to stay a safe distance away from all work sites, and may call (813) 635-5400 with any work-related questions. Residents may continue to submit road and sidewalk requests, median maintenance and litter requests, and report flooding by visiting HCFLGov.net/AtYourService or by phone at (813) 272-5900.
Mosquito Management - With people spending more time outdoors for recreation, Hillsborough County reminds residents to follow the "3 D's":
Drain: Empty water containers at least once per week
Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or any other EPA-registered repellent
While mosquitoes have not been shown to transmit COVID-19 coronavirus, their bites can still spread diseases and mosquito-borne illnesses such as dengue fever, West Nile virus, and zika, which can increase the severity of COVID-19 if contracted. For more information about mosquito protection and breeding prevention, visit HCFLGov.net/Mosquito.
Head Start - Head Start and Early Head Start centers are closed until at least May 1. This is in step with closing decisions made by Hillsborough County Public Schools.
Waste Collection Schedule for Good Friday, April 10 - Collection of trash, recyclables, and yard waste will continue on a normal Friday schedule in the unincorporated Hillsborough County Solid Waste service area. This includes Tampa Palms, Hunter's Green, and New Tampa.
Get Connected. Stay Alert.
For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the region, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. For general County information, call (813) 272-5900, the County's main information line.