Hillsborough County is leasing hotel rooms to serve as quarantine and isolation sites for people confirmed to have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19. The County and Hillsborough County Department of Health manage the sites, providing shelter, food, and basic services such as laundry and sanitation. The temporary lodging is free for those deemed qualified to live there.
What's the purpose of the quarantine/isolation sites?
The goal is to isolate and assist people with or exposed to the coronavirus, including families, and to prevent them from spreading COVID-19 to others in the community.
Who qualifies to live there?
An individual must test positive for COVID-19, or be a high-risk contact of a person confirmed to have the virus. The Department of Health investigates all positive COVID-19 cases, and interviews those individuals to determine who can use the quarantine and isolation sites. There is no other way to request use of the facilities.
Are the rooms free?
What's the difference between quarantine and isolation?
Quarantine is for people exposed, but asymptomatic (not showing COVID-19 symptoms). A person will be in the quarantine hotel if they were exposed to a confirmed case or if they live with a person confirmed to have the virus and are unable to safely move elsewhere. If someone in the quarantine hotel becomes symptomatic, they will move to the isolation hotel. Isolation is for people who have confirmed cases of COVID-19.
How long will people remain at the hotels?
Local conditions will determine how long the hotel rooms serve as quarantine and isolation sites, and whether more sites are opened. The length of time individuals remain at the hotels will be decided by the Department of Health and depend on each person’s condition and needs.
Once a guest is admitted, can he or she walk out of the property and return to the hotel room?
Any guest who leaves the premises forfeits their room.
What about security?
There is a contracted security staff and site management staff. County task force leaders are on the premises 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hotel staffers also are at the sites. No one enters rooms other than guests.
What happens after the quarantine and isolation sites no longer are needed?
The rooms will undergo thorough medical-grade cleaning and sanitation.