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Meredith Mechanik, right, of Tampa, wears her mask as she browses through books at Tombolo Books, a bookstore at downtown St. Petersburg, on June 11, 2021. Residents in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties should once again wear masks indoors due to rising levels of COVID-19, under federal guidelines.
Federal guidelines show Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties are at “high” risk of COVID-19. So why won’t federal officials sound the warning?
It’s part of BayCare’s $250 million plan to expand and redevelop the campus in Historic Uptown.
There are signs of progress, but parents will likely be dealing with the shortage for weeks.
Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco residents have reached “high” levels of COVID-19, according to federal safety guidelines.

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  2. Robert Dinwiddie, 69, from St. Petersburg, gets his nose swabbed during a COVID-19 test administered by Jing Luo, 33, a nurse with Impact Health, at the drive-thru test site in the parking lot at Tropicana Field on Feb. 7. The test site closed two weeks later, part of a wave of closures that has left both sides of Tampa Bay, for the time being, without a free, walk-up site.
  3. Meredith Mechanik, right, of Tampa, wears her mask as she browses through books at Tombolo Books, a bookstore at downtown St. Petersburg, on June 11, 2021. Residents in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties should once again wear masks indoors due to rising levels of COVID-19, under federal guidelines.
  4. St. Anthony's Hospital’s new 90-bed patient tower, featuring all private rooms, is part of a $152 million expansion of the BayCare facility, which opened in 1931.
  5. Shelves typically stocked with baby formula sit mostly empty at a store in San Antonio on May 10. Parents across the U.S. are scrambling to find baby formula and will likely continue to do so in the weeks to come.
  6. This hurricane season, get the latest information about storms and how to get ready at tampabay.com/hurricane
  7. Under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines, “high” community level is the threshold when federal health officials recommend that all residents wear a well-fitting mask in public indoor spaces.
  8. This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. Monkeypox, a disease that rarely appears outside Africa, has been identified by European and American health authorities in recent days.
  9. Monkeypox has been identified by European and American health authorities in recent days.
  10. Hilda Santiago, 81, left, accepts food from Meals on Wheels volunteer Kitty Wallace, 75.
  11. A nurse holds a vial of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, right, and a vial of the vaccine for adults, at a vaccination station in Jackson, Miss., on Feb. 8. The company announced Monday that three doses of its COVID-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children younger than 5.
  12. This 1997 image provided by CDC, shows the right arm and torso of a patient, whose skin displayed a number of lesions due to what had been an active case of monkeypox.  As more cases of monkeypox are detected in Europe and North America in 2022, some scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks in Africa say they are baffled by the unusual disease's spread in developed countries.  (CDC via AP)
  13. A person visits a makeshift memorial near the scene of Saturday's shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo on Thursday.
  14. Diego Moreno, 1, looks while Walgreens pharmacist Bhargavi Patel gives his mother Juanita Gonzalez a free flu shot in Plant City in October 2020. The flu had been less of a problem during the COVID-19 pandemic, when masks and social distancing were in effect, but now Tampa Bay is seeing a rise in cases at an unusual time of year.
  15. The American flag flies at half-staff at the White House in Washington on Thursday as the Biden administration commemorates 1 million American lives lost due to COVID-19.
  16. The entrance to the Pinellas County Jail complex in Clearwater, which is on lockdown until June 6 due to a coronavirus outbreak.
  17. A pouch containing crystalized methamphetamine and a homemade pipe are shown March 21, 2006, in Window Rock, Ariz.
  18. Hickory Hollow Mall was once the largest shopping center in Tennessee. Now Vanderbilt University Medical Center plans to lease the space and use it for medical clinics.
  19. A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 12 years old sits ready for use at a vaccination site in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, on Nov. 11, 2021. Kids ages 5 to 11 should get a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, advisers to the U.S. government said Thursday.
  20. Katherine Gibson-Haynes helps distribute infant formula during a baby formula drive May 14 in Houston. Parents seeking baby formula are running into bare supermarket and pharmacy shelves in part because of ongoing supply disruptions and a recent safety recall.
  21. At least 500 children in 20 countries, including 180 kids in the United States, have been diagnosed with severe hepatitis of unknown cause since Oct. 1, 2021. In this photograph, a physician’s assistant administers a hepatitis B vaccine to a 9-month-old infant.
  22. This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. Monkeypox, a disease that rarely appears outside Africa, has been identified by European and American health authorities in recent days.
  23. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg has been designated as a level 1 children's surgery center by the American College of Surgeons. The distinction is shared by fewer than 50 hospitals across the country, none in Tampa Bay.
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