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:


  • Due to recent Hillsborough County policies regarding the Coronavirus outbreak and to ensure the well-being of our community, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has suspended all non-essential training until further notice, to include the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) H.R. 218 qualifications. We will follow up with another announcement when training resumes.