Dear West Tampa Families,

From now on I will be sharing all updated information concerning the Coronavirus that the City of Tampa is providing us. As you will see below there is an updated email from our Mayor and attach are some flyers that have already been put up at your park but now you have a hard copy that you can share with your families. I will be in consent contact with each our city officials to inform you if we have any changes that will affect our program.

Please if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

Al Bazley

From Mayor Jane Castor

“As you know, the Coronavirus has caused an outbreak of respiratory illnesses, spreading to countries around the world. It has reached our shores in the US, and now, it has affected our community here at home.

The Florida Department of Health has announced that there are two presumptively positive cases in our state: one adult here in Tampa, and one adult in Manatee County. This is what we know about the cases: 

The individual from Tampa is a woman who recently traveled from Italy and who stayed away from the public after falling ill. Both of the affected individuals in our state are currently isolated and being treated. 

This outbreak is evolving, which is why it is so important that we each do our part to prevent the spread of germs throughout our community.

The CDC recommends the following actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing) and avoid touching your face
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick (except for medical care)

I want to reassure you that in Tampa, we are as prepared as possible to face this virus. Our emergency management team has undergone and exercised years of training to face disasters, from hurricanes, to active shooter drills, outbreaks, and more.

We are in constant contact with the Health Department, Tampa International Airport, the Port, and local hospitals and other stakeholders to closely monitor the situation as it unfolds in our state.

To receive emergency alerts directly to your phone, text TAMPAREADY or TAMPALISTA to 888-777. You can also find more information about the Coronavirus on our website at tampagov.net/alerttampa, the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/COVID19, and the Florida Department of Health’s website at floridahealth.gov/COVID19

As we continue monitoring the situation, I urge you to protect yourself and your loved ones from the Coronavirus and all respiratory illnesses by following the steps outlined above.”