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BLOG: Coronavirus updates from Monday, March 30

Posted at 5:04 AM, Mar 30, 2020

FLORIDA – ABC Action News is committed to providing Tampa Bay area residents all of the updates on the coronavirus, COVID-19, and the impact it's having on our way of life. To help you stay on top of it all, we've compiled all the updates for Monday, March 30. For today's updates, visit www.abcactionnews.com/virus. Don't forget we are in this together!


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  • Tampa Mayor Jane Castor warned the public to keep an eye out for people impersonating a law-enforcement officers. She said there are imposters asking people, especially the elderly, for their ID or valuable personal information.
  • Mayor Castor also said to keep an eye out for scams involving the government’s coronavirus relief checks. She said these scammers are targeting the elderly.

4:15 PM

  • St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman suspends in-person city services. He said online and phone services from the city are still available.
  • Kriseman also says he does not want to close public parks during Pinellas County's "safer-at-home" order. However, he warned the public "to not push it" and leave him with no choice but to shut them down if too many people pack the parks.

4:02 PM

  • Pasco County is closing all parks and nature preserves effective Monday, March 30 at 8 p.m. (Boat ramps and Suncoast Trail will remain open)

3:56 PM

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging all Americans to only flush toilet paper, not disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items that should be disposed of in the trash.

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  • Gov. DeSantis says he is signing an executive order that codifies the common set of rules regarding "safer-at-home" that will be in effect for four south Florida counties, which includes Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach

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  • University of South Florida College of Engineering announces its plan to mass produce face shields for medical staff. The college has already delivered 100 face shields to Tampa General.

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  • Charlie Crist hosting telephone town hall from 6:45pm-7:45pm Monday with special guests Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried, Chief Medical Officer for Community Health Centers of Pinellas Dr. Nichelle Threadgill, and Director of Bay Pines VA Medical Center Paul Russo to update you on the COVID-19 pandemic. You can tune in here

8:10 AM

  • HART announces temporary reduction of service hours for transit service
  • HART will be operating on a Sunday service schedule starting April 1. See the full schedule here

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  • Coronavirus cases in Africa rise closer to 5,000.
  • Thailand seaside resort island of Phuket closes land and sea entry and exit points.
  • Australia announces plan to help businesses impacted by virus.

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