According to the CDC, the effects of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe symptoms of respiratory illness, including:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to COVID-19. This list does not include all possible symptoms. You can learn more about coronavirus symptoms on the CDC’s website.
The CDC has released the following recommendations to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Stay away from individuals who are sick, and if you do become sick, stay home and seek medical care.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue away immediately.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Wear a face covering.
The City of Tampa is also advocating for everyone in our community to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible.
Avoid contact with others, and if you are experiencing symptoms call your doctor before visiting a hospital, emergency room, or medical office.
If you need to call 9-1-1, inform the dispatcher about your symptoms, and cover your mouth and nose with a mask if possible when interacting with first responders.
For more information on how you can protect yourself from coronavirus, visit the CDC's website.
If you are sick, you should:
- Stay home and avoid going out in public
- Get tested
- Distance yourself from others in the home
- Wash your hands frequently
- Wear a face mask when interacting with others around you, including first responders
- Call your doctor and seek medical care if your symptoms worsen
- If you experience a medical emergency, dial 9-1-1 and inform the dispatcher about your symptoms. Cover your mouth and nose with a face mask if possible before first responders arrive.
Hillsborough County & the State of Florida offer drive-thru testing at two sites within City of Tampa limits.
The testing locations within City of Tampa are:
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607
*You must arrive in a personal vehicle.
Lee Davis Community Resource Center
3402 North 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33605
*Offers drive-through testing, but a vehicle is not required.
For more information on how to get tested at one of these facilities, please visit the Hillsborough County website.
See the City of Tampa Get Tested page for more details about public and privatized testing centers in the Tampa Bay area.
Text TAMPAREADY or TAMPALISTA to 888-777 to have real-time alerts related to COVID-19 and other emergency situations sent directly to your phone.
Please note: If you receive a “message failed” response when texting to 888-777, contact your mobile carrier to resolve the issue.
Tampa’s COVID-19 Recovery Hotline is available Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. Call 1 (833) TPA-INFO (872-4636)
Sign up for Alert Tampa to receive time-critical notifications will be sent directly to your home phone, cell phone or email address.
The City of Tampa has compiled a comprehensive list of community partners and programs to help residents and businesses during this time. This list includes financial support options, food banks, federal programs, and more. See Resources.
To apply for the State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Reemployment Assistance Program, visit FloridaJobs.org.
Business owners are encouraged to text TAMPABIZ to 888-777 for updates and information.
Tampa's Recovery Hotline is available at 1-833-TPA-INFO (1-833-872-4636) to answer questions related to social services and business relief.
Per Executive Order 2020-42, every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Tampa is required to wear a face covering in any indoor location, other than their home or residence, when not maintaining social distancing from other person(s), excluding family members or companions. Learn more about the order's details and exceptions.
Homemade coverings, bandanas, scarves and neck gaiters are all OK. The CDC has provided simple steps for making a cloth face covering with everyday items from your home that can be found here.
Cloth face coverings should:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Be made of more than one layer of fabric that you can still breathe through
- Be able to be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Florida, including the City of Tampa, is now in Phase 3 of the Plan for Florida’s Recovery to reopen the state. Learn more about its effect on individuals, recreation, events, businesses, gyms, and more.
The City of Tampa issued Executive Order 2020-42 that requires face coverings in indoor, public spaces. See more details. To report a non-compliant business, contact Tampa's Recovery Hotline during operating hours at 1-833-TPA-INFO (1-833-872-4636).
On October 22, 2020 Florida Division of Emergency Management Director and State Coordinating Officer Jared Moskowitz issued Emergency Order 20-011 that lifted restrictions for visitation to nursing homes, assisted living facilities (ALFs), adult family-care homes, adult group homes and other long-term care facilities. Learn more.
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office has activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline. If you experience price gouging or scams related to COVID-19 commodities, call 1-(866)-9NO-SCAM, or 1-866-966-7226 to file a report.