Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information
On Thursday, March 26th, the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group voted to issue a Safer at Home order - effective Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10pm to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This order directs residents to stay at home unless engaging in essential services or necessary activities. See our FAQs.
Text TAMPAREADY or TAMPALISTA to 888-777 for emergency alerts.
Text TAMPABIZ to 888-777 for business resources and updates.
Tampa’s Recovery Hotline for social services and business relief is available
Mon-Fri from 8am-8pm and Sat-Sun 9am-5pm. Call 1-833-TPA-INFO (872-4636)
Please note: If you receive a “message failed” response when texting to 888-777, contact your mobile carrier to resolve the issue.
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center is Available 24/7
Call: 1 (866) 779-6121
For additional information and helpful links regarding COVID-19, please visit the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 website at FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19
You may also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website regarding COVID-19 at cdc.gov/COVID19
Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline has been activated. If you experience price gouging or scams related to COVID-19 commodities, call 1-(866)-9NO-SCAM, or 1-866-966-7226 to file a report.
Flatten the Curve
You should NOT...
- Travel or visit friends and family if there is no urgent need.
- Be closer than six (6) feet to others when you go out.
- Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facilities.
- Ask your employer about work from home opportunities.
- Go to the grocery, convenience, and warehouse stores.
- Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities.
- Go to a restaurant for take-out or drive-thru.
- Care or support a friend or family member.
- Go to medical appointments (call your doctor or provider first).
- Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog, and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community
- Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian, if necessary.
- Help someone to get necessary supplies.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.
For more information on how you can protect yourself, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
Watch for Symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
For more information on the symptoms you should watch out for, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
What to do if you are sick
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.
Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick:
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
- Monitor your symptoms
For more information on how you can prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
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