Coronavirus in Florida

Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the Tampa Bay area and across the state. Read the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic as well as helpful tips, FAQ, event cancellations and more.


Last updated 7:52 a.m. April 8 EDT. The Florida total includes in-state residents and non-residents who tested positive while visiting the state. Source: Johns Hopkins and Florida Department of Health

Hernando County officials closed Alfred McKethan Park on Pine Island beginning Tuesday due to concerns over the coronavirus. That beach and the beach at Rogers Park in Hernando Beach are closed until further notice. [Karen Peterson]
A total of 14,747 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of the state’s Tuesday evening update.
Yesterday• Health
These Tampa Bay restaurants are doing double-duty as grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic.
Yesterday• Food
The federal government is screening certain passengers at 13 airports.
Yesterday• Health
More than half of respondents to a recent survey had already dipped into their savings.
Yesterday• Business
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  1. Family and friends of soon-to-be parents Angelina and Chris Leyva participate in a drive-by baby shower April 4 in Largo. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Moe Suliman and Destiny Ploof days after Suliman was released from the ICU due to the coronavirus. [Courtesy of Moe Suliman]
  3. FILE - This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Health authorities are preparing for a possible pandemic as they work to contain a respiratory illness in China that's caused by a new virus. Governments are working to contain the virus by limiting travel, isolating sick people and keeping travelers returning from the affected region under quarantine to watch for symptoms. (CDC via AP, File) [AP]
  4. Dan Lafferty, a teacher with Florida Virtual School, is seen on Jill Rogier's laptop as they video conference in 2012. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  5. Volunteers at Metropolitan Ministries campus in Tampa clean carts used to distribute food boxes to the needy in Tampa. [CHRISTOPHER O'DONNELL  |  Times]
  6. The Goodwill 34th Street Superstore, 2550 34th St N, on Dec. 19, 2019, in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  7. Franca Panettone, 46, of Hernando County, became the first confirmed coronavirus-related death in that county. [Courtesy Maria Cain]
  8. Drivers pass a sign outside the Kimmins Contracting Corp., looking to hire employees Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. A record-high number of people applied for unemployment benefits last week as layoffs engulfed the United States in the face of a near-total economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
  9. Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and his wife Candy, shown here at their foundation's Tampa gala in 2015, are helping Tampa General Hospital establish a unit dedicated to infectious diseases including COVID-19. [Times (2015)]
  10. The shoes of inmates outside of the confinement rooms at the Department of Juvenile Justice Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center (12/20/16). [SHADD, DIRK  |  Tampa Bay Times]

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