Hillsborough County

Requirements to wear face masks in Hillsborough County businesses and public spaces will continue for another week, but there are some adjustments.

Hillsborough County officials are reporting a 61 percent increase in coronavirus cases from a week ago.

Close to one in five of people tested have been positive the past seven days.

Hillsborough County reported its largest jump in COVID-19 cases in a single day on Saturday, days after it started providing tests to anyone who wants one.

Hillsborough County is joining the list of cities and counties limiting the hours restaurants and bars operate and how many people can congregate in them at one time.

Late Monday, Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill issued an Administrator Order that will take effect at noon Tuesday.

Hillsborough County on Tuesday partially activated its emergency operations center in response to concerns over coronavirus.

Hillsborough County officials have tested 11 people so far for the coronavirus who they say came into close contact with at least one of the two patients with COVID-19. 

A second presumptive positive case of COVID-19 has been reported in Hillsborough County, bringing the total number of cases in Florida to three.

Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed Monday the first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida, in Hillsborough and Manatee counties.

Florida has its first two cases of COVID-19 as patients in Hillsborough and Manatee counties tested positive for the virus, officials from the Florida Department of Health announced Sunday night.

Hillsborough County Commissioners have agreed to a controversial potential solution for the spread of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and opioid overdoses - a needle exchange initiative.

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed that a case of measles has been found in Hillsborough County.

The agency was alerted on Saturday to a man who returned from South America who showed symptoms of the viral disease. He was put in isolation, the diagnosis of measles was confirmed on Tuesday.

More than 100 people were arrested during a five-month human trafficking investigation in Hillsborough County. 

Sheriff Chad Chronister announced the arrests on Monday morning while standing in front of a video screen that showed the undercover sting and a large board containing the mug shots of those arrested.

A local political organization is trying to show people there are things they can do to keep their community safer from gun violence.

After two suicides by first responders this week, Hillsborough county residents are pushing lawmakers to focus on mental health this upcoming session.

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Hillsborough commissioners on Wednesday voted to spend $13.7 million dollars over the next year to combat opioid addiction.

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County is offering a free prevention program for people who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

With the new school year around the corner, members of Hillsborough County's Back-to-School Coalition are trying to ensure students get their immunization shots, even if they're not able to afford it.

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A Tampa area firefighter is recovering from serious injuries after falling out of a fire truck on the way to a call.

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In a second phase of a plan to increase its use of solar energy, Tampa Electric Co. on Friday asked state regulators for approval to recoup money from customers to pay for five solar projects in Hillsborough and Polk counties. 

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In a move prompted by the Parkland high school shooting, the waiting period to purchase a firearm in Hillsborough County is now five days.

Community leaders talked about putting an end to school violence at a town hall in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood Thursday night. The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists hosted the event in response to the Parkland shooting last month that left 17 people dead.


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No more than 20 medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to open in unincorporated parts of Hillsborough County under new rules passed by commissioners on Wednesday.

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Hillsborough commissioners will consider placing a cap on the number of medical marijuana dispensaries that can open in unincorporated parts of the county.

The Hillsborough County Commission is jumping ahead of the state legislature by creating a framework for medical marijuana dispensaries.

A growing number of veterans are looking to agriculture for their next career and entrepreneurial opportunity.

Hillsborough County commissioners want to use affordable housing funds to help four families stuck paying mortgages on homes in one neighborhood left worthless by the presence of toxic Chinese drywall.

A 19-year-old Port Richey woman was arrested after police said she was spotted on hospital video squeezing a 7-month-old relative until he became unresponsive.

Violet Mae Hinrichs was arrested on four counts of aggravated child abuse after St. Joseph's Hospital staff noticed bruising to the baby's neck.

Hillsborough County’s court is going to the dogs - and not just any dog.  

Tibet, a Labrador-golden retriever mix, will be the first facility dog in Florida that helps abused, neglected and abandoned children while they are in the court system, according to The Tampa Tribune.

There are currently 51 such dogs in 21 states. The non-profit Canine Companions for Independence spends two years training the facility dogs. 

Only a few counties and agencies across Florida have contributed money to run the drug database intended to crack down on prescription pill abuse, the Tampa Tribune reports. Hillsborough County, where the Tribune reports the database is used more than anywhere else, hasn’t contributed any funds. The Department of Health says it solicits funds from agencies in each county to pay for the database, which doesn’t get any state money.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is moving its "North America Capability Center” to Hillsborough County, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The pharmaceutical giant says it will employ around 600 employees at an average annual wage of over $60,000. 

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