Hernando County Extends a Hand to Farmers with New Round of Stimulus

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit businesses hard around the county, and farmers are no exception. Not only did the closing of restaurants and tourism hotspots decrease the overall demand for food, but the loss of customers began just as Florida’s harvest season was beginning. By the time federal assistance became available and restaurants had begun limited re-openings, the window for Florida growers to sell their crops had closed.

COVID-19 Update from Hernando County Emergency Op Director- Aug. 11, 2020

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Emergency Management Director Cecilia Patella reported the latest coronavirus statistics at the regular Board of County Commission meeting on August 11, 2020.

On this date, Patella reported 2,030 total positive cases, of which 81% (1,741) have recovered.  316 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, which is roughly 16% of the total cases in the county.  12% of those testing positive are children. 

School Board adopts face covering requirement on school property

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Brooksville - At the July 28th school board meeting, the Hernando School Board voted unanimously to approve, by emergency rule, the requirement for all students, staff and visitors to wear face coverings while on school district property. As all schools in Hernando prepare to open on August 31st, the addition of face coverings is intended to help mitigate transmission of COVID -19.

Emergency Management Director Briefs Commissioners on COVID-19 Developments

Emergency Management Director Cecilia Patella updated the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the regular meeting on July 14, 2020.   During her last update on June 23, Commissioner John Allocco asked Patella how many patients testing positive for COVID-19 were asymptomatic.  Patella reported during this meeting that the number is 30%.

Local hospital restricts some inpatient surgeries, procedures as COVID cases climb

In Hernando County, there has been an (all time) total of 83 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 as of July 11, 2020, according to the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Summary for Hernando County.  There are currently 34 hospitalizations according to the USF COVID-19 Hub, as of July 12, 2020, at 7:15 pm.  Total Adult ICU bed capacity in the county is 16.07% (as of July 12, 7:15 pm).