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.
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
What Are the Symptoms?
Mild to severe illness
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:
All HCSO sponsored community events until further notice
Pre-employment testing center is closed until further notice.
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.
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:
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