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Posted September 17, 2020 | 7:42 PM

Sept. 17 County Commission COVID-19 Special Meeting Summary

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update No. 225

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2020) - Some Hillsborough County COVID-19 coronavirus public testing sites are being closed as demand continues to decline, Hillsborough County Commissioners heard today during their weekly meeting to address emergency response related to the pandemic.

The Town 'N Country site, at Tampa Family Health Centers, 12085 W. Hillsborough Ave., has closed for general public testing effective immediately. People who had previously-scheduled appointments for this site may go to any of the County's other public testing locations at their convenience, without an appointment. For information on locations and operating days/hours, call (888) 513-6321.

Two other locations also will close:

  • Sun City Center - Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. Last day for testing will be Wednesday, Sept. 23.
  • SouthShore - SouthShore Community Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE in Ruskin. Last day for testing will be Saturday, Sept. 26.

Public use of the County's testing sites has notably decreased during the past few weeks, many days hovering at less than 20% of total capacity. In addition, regular operations not related to the pandemic are ramping back up at some locations being used for testing. Although some sites are closing, the County will work with community partners to finalize a plan to provide testing to specific vulnerable populations, Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Tim Dudley told Commissioners.

In other action during today's meeting, Commissioners:

  • Heard from Dr. Holt, director of the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, that while Hillsborough is not considered a COVID-19 hotspot at the moment, the average number of new cases per day and positivity rates remain fairly consistent at a level that still indicate sustained community transmission of the virus.
  • Heard that the number of cases among local college-age adults is rising, Holt said.
  • Extended the state of local emergency enacted in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. A state of local emergency can be in effect for only seven days, unless extended. 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 COVID-19 state of local emergency also incorporates an executive order mandating face coverings be worn in indoor locations of businesses, with certain exceptions.

The next meeting of the County Commission to address emergency management issues related to COVID-19 is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 24, at 1:30 p.m.

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