Aug. 6 County Commission COVID-19 Special Meeting Summary
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2020) - Hillsborough County Commissioners today extended the state of local emergency enacted in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. A majority of Commissioners also approved extending a mandatory face coverings order until their next emergency management meeting on Aug. 13.
A state of local emergency can be in effect for only seven days, unless extended. The COVID-19 state of local emergency declaration has been in place in Hillsborough County since March 12, enacted by the former Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group. 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 face coverings order, also enacted by the former EPG, has been in effect since June 22.
Today's votes came during the County Commission's first special meeting since taking over emergency management authority for the pandemic.
In other action today:
- Chairman Lesley "Les" Miller Jr. asked the County Attorney's Office to draft language for consideration that would allow the face coverings order to remain in effect throughout the COVID-19 state of local emergency unless rescinded, eliminating the necessity of revisiting the order weekly.
Commissioners signaled an interest in considering lowering the age at which children would be required to wear a face covering. The current order exempts children under 8 years old.
- Commissioner Kimberly Overman asked the County Attorney's Office to bring back options for amending the order to align with recommendations made by the Florida Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Commissioners received an overview of the County's COVID-19 Data Dashboard. The dashboard provides critical information on COVID-19 cases, testing, as well as daily healthcare system capacity. Interested persons can find the dashboard, as well as a link to an easy-to-digest one-page summary, at HCFLGov.net/Covid19Dashboard.
The next special meeting of the County Commission to address emergency management issues related to COVID-19 is scheduled Thursday, Aug. 13, at 1:30 p.m.
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