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Hillsborough County's Eighth COVID-19 Public Testing Site to Open Soon

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update No. 171

Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 9, 2020) - Hillsborough County will soon open another COVID-19 coronavirus public testing site, this one in Town 'N Country, it was announced to the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group today.

Emergency Management Director Tim Dudley told EPG members that the County will partner with Tampa Family Health Centers to open the location, expanding testing coverage to the western part of the county and providing Friday evening and Saturday appointments. It will be the eighth public site where Hillsborough residents can be tested free of charge.

More information about the Town 'N Country site will be announced when appointments are made available. As a reminder, all residents who would like to be tested at any of the public locations must first make an appointment by going online to HCFLGov.net/CovidTesting, or calling (888) 513-6321 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In other news from today's meeting, EPG members:

  • Heard an update on contact tracing from Dr. Douglas Holt, director of the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, and Dr. Marissa Levine from the University of South Florida's College of Public Health. Holt noted that fewer people who test positive for COVID-19 are choosing to participate in optional contact tracing interviews. These interviews provide crucial information used to identify community patterns and hotspots in the spread of the virus. Both public health officials underscored the importance of asking residents for their help by taking part in the interviews when they are contacted. Also, people who have tested positive and have questions about self-care, quarantining, and other matters can call Florida's COVID-19 hotline at (866) 779-6121, or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov
  • Received confirmation from the County Attorney's Office that a concealed carry permit is not an exception to the EPG's face covering order. There are no provisions in F.S. 790.06 that prohibit a concealed weapon permit holder from wearing a face covering.
  • Extended a state of local emergency enacted in response to the pandemic. By Florida statute, a state of local emergency can be in effect for only seven days, unless rescinded. The declaration gives the County Administrator and emergency managers the ability to quickly take certain actions to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community, and provides a path for federal reimbursement of certain expenses.

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, July 13 at 1:30 p.m.

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Know Your Irrigation Days and Times. Hillsborough County has year-round water use restrictions that limit lawn and landscape irrigation to assigned days and times. Water use restrictions apply to all properties in unincorporated Hillsborough County and all water sources except reclaimed water. Violations may result in citations and fines. Find your schedule at HCFLGov.net/WaterRestrictions or call (813) 275-7094.

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