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City of Tampa addresses coronavirus concerns, how it can affect elderly

Posted at 7:49 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 19:49:10-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- The City of Tampa is implementing new policies when it comes to coronavirus.

The goal is to make sure we are protecting the elderly.

Here's why: the Florida Department of Health says the elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness if they contract coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced a partial activation of an emergency management. This means all necessary departments in the city are discussing how to handle and best prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Castor says a team has been implemented between firefighters, police, city officials and city's code enforcement. They will visit more than 80 assisted living facilities plus eight nursing homes in Tampa to prepare employees and staff on how to prevent and deal with the outbreak.

"We are committed here in the city of Tampa in Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay area with providing up-to-date information. Accurate information and ensuring our community is safe doing all that we can do to prevent the spread of this," Castor said.

As far as canceling major events like Wrestlemania, the city of Tampa has yet to pull the trigger on postponing them.

Castor confirmed all the upcoming major events are still on the books. But the city and Hillsborough County will meet this Thursday to discuss the possible cancellations due to cornavirus concerns but didn't elaborate.