TAMPA -- For the first time in weeks, there's good news in COVID-19 data for Hillsborough County.
The head of the state health department in Hillsborough County told members of the Emergency Policy Group that the rolling 14-day average of cases is down 15%, at 566. Dr. Douglas Holt also told EPG members that the rolling 14-day positive rate is at 13.22%, and emergency room visits for COVID-19-like symptoms went down during the week of July 19th.
But Dr. Holt says community transmission remains high in Hillsborough, at 241 cases per 100,000. The rate needs to go below 175 cases per 100,000 for the county to get off the hot spot list. In May, the county rate was 5 per 100,000.
The EPG also voted to extend the face covering executive order for at least seven days.
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