COVID-19 Alert

Latest HCSO information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Safer-At-Home Order

Latest information from Hillsborough County

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What is Coronavirus?

A respiratory illness that has spread since December 2019. There is little-known about the virus. It has potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people, especially people over age 60 or people with pre-existing conditions.

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How Does it Spread?

 
  • Air:  by coughing and sneezing
  • Touch: by touching a surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes
  • Contact: by close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
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What Are the Symptoms?

 
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Mild to severe illness
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How Can I Prevent Getting (COVID-19)?

 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing and sneezing.

HCSO Cancellations, Closures and Suspensions

The following is a listing of all Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office event cancellations or closures:

Cancellations

  • All HCSO sponsored community events until further notice

Closures

  • Pre-employment testing center is closed until further notice.

Suspensions

  • All execution of evictions and non-enforceable process are no longer being accepted or served by HCSO civil process
    • until: April 20, 2020
  • All non-essential training, to include the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) H.R. 218 Qualifications until further notice.

Safer-At-Home Order

Hillsborough County has issued a Safer-at-Home Order to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This applies to all residents within Hillsborough County including the following cities:
  • Plant City
  • Tampa
  • Temple Terrace

When Does it Go into Effect?

It is effective as of 10:00 p.m. on March 27, 2020. It is in place until it is canceled by the Emergency Policy Group.

Residents do not require a pass or a letter to show to authorities. Safer-at-Home means all residents are directed to stay at home as much as possible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, except in specific circumstances.

What Can You Do?

The Order directs you to remain at home whenever possible. However, there are many exceptions to the Safer-at-Home Order such as:
  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Commute to and from work if your employer is an essential business or has ensured you can maintain at least 6 feet from your co-workers or customers
  • Go to the pharmacy or other medical establishments to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medical appointments (but first, check with your doctor or medical provider)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out or drive-thru
  • Care for or support a friend or family member in need
  • Take a walk, run, or exercise outside - just remember to practice social distancing -- that means at least 6 feet between you and others in the community
  • Walk your pets or take them to the vet
  • Take your child where they need to go if its directed by a custody sharing agreement or order

Safer-at-Home Order Detailed Information

For a complete list of details and information visit the Hillsborough County Emergency Management Safer-At-Home information page or view the official Safer-At-Home Order document.