HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (CW44 News At 10) – Tim Dudley, Hillsborough County’s Emergency Management Director, stated earlier this week that data suggests a slight decrease in testing demand at county-run COVID-19 testing site. Despite that recent trend, Hillsborough County opened a new free testing site in Town N Country, which features night and Saturday hours. This addition is makes more than a half-dozen testing sites managed by the county.

Officials have been quick to point out that an increase in positive COVID-19 cases will inevitably follow increases in testing, Dudley told Hillsborough County’s Emergency Policy Group (EPG) on Thursday that compared to June, the testing increase is not as much as the increase in cases.

Dr. Douglas Holt, confirmed during the EPG meeting, from May 4th to June 4th, testing has almost doubled, but positive cases have increased seven-fold.

New COVID-19 numbers on Friday show Hillsborough County had nearly 950 new cases confirmed, according to the Florida Department of Health Dashboard. It also revealed the total number of confirmed cases in the county now surpass more than 22,000.

Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 18, 2020) – The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has scheduled a special meeting on Tuesday, July 21, to discuss an amendment to the ordinance that created the Emergency Policy Group.

The purpose of this special meeting is for the BOCC to approve an ordinance draft providing for a delegation of emergency management authority to the Emergency Policy Group for hurricanes and tropical storm threats, providing the BOCC with emergency management authority for all other disasters, pandemics, emergency occurrences, or threats thereof, and specifying that any existing executive orders of the Emergency Policy Group in effect as of the date of this amendment shall remain in effect; said amendments to be codified in the Hillsborough County Code of Ordinances. The BOCC is also being asked to authorize the advertising and scheduling of a public hearing for Aug. 5, 2020.

The virtual special meeting will be held immediately after the conclusion of the Land Use meeting and joint LDC and CPA workshops previously scheduled. The Land Use meeting begins at 9 a.m.

The special meeting will be conducted virtually, via a conferencing application. The public and the media can access the meetings live at:

  • The County’s official YouTube channel: YouTube.com/HillsboroughCounty
  • The County’s HTV channels on cable television: Spectrum 637 and Frontier 22
  • The HCFLGov.net website by going to HCFLGov.net/newsroom and selecting the “Live Meeting” button