Covid 19 Vaccine

BOCC: One Year Later, COVID-19 Remains Entrenched, But Vaccinations are Taking Aim

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – One year after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Hillsborough County, the total number of local cases has reached 111,990, more than 1,520 people have died, and the positivity rate continues to hover around 8 percent, Hillsborough County Commissioners heard on Wednesday.

In charts and bar graphs and statistics, the information posted on the County’s COVID-19 dashboard reflects the human cost of an ongoing pandemic that has changed the world. But the dashboard also contains new statistics: the number of people who have been vaccinated in Hillsborough County.

That’s more than 73,800 individuals who are fully vaccinated with both their first and second doses.

This number will climb higher now that supplies of the vaccine are increasing, multiple government-run public points of dispensing are now open, and the state has expanded eligibility to additional groups, Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Tim Dudley told Commissioners.

The federal government today opened a walk-up site at the Tampa Greyhound Track on Waters Avenue, and also will be operating two “spoke” locations in Progress Village and Brandon.

The state moved its drive-thru public dispensing site to a larger location near Raymond James Stadium. And Hillsborough County Wednesday, reopened drive-thru sites at the Vance Vogel and Ed Radice sports complexes.

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