Pinellas County extends state of local emergency
October 14, 2020 - The Pinellas County state of local emergency for Covid-19 remains in place through Oct. 23. The extension was issued by County Administrator Barry Burton by delegated authority from the Board of County Commissioners. The extension keeps in effect a county ordinance requiring face coverings within public places and restaurants and bars to serve only patrons who are seated. Public health officials are closely monitoring a recent increase in the 7-day rolling averages for new Covid-19 cases and percentage of positive tests. County officials reported 143 new cases on Wednesday, for a cumulative total of 23,510 cases, and one additional death, bringing the total death count in Pinellas to 788. The positive test rate reported Wednesday was 5.67 percent, the second day in a row it has topped 5 percent.