coronavirus and COVID-19

Coronavirus: Facts Tampa Bay Families Need to Know

As news of the coronavirus fills our feeds and television, questions keep mounting. From closures and event cancellations to recommendations of social distancing…it’s a hard pill to swallow. As parents, we know what you are going through as you worry about the safety of your family.

We are sharing facts, expert advice, and important links to help answer your questions.

You can follow along our COVID-19/coronavirus created coverage on this page we created just for news impacting Tampa Bay area families. If you have a story idea, please email our editor Laura Byrne:


COVID-19 and Coronavirus: Common Questions from local families answered:

Dr. Juan Dumois, a pediatric infectious disease physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital addresses questions we’re hearing from families in Tampa Bay.



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How Kids Can Get FREE meals during Coronavirus School Closures:

The Florida Department of Agriculture has created a website for families so they can find a location near them to get a FREE meal for their children. Click here to learn more.

Hilllsborough County Schools Grab-n-Go

Pinellas County Schools student meal pick up sites

Pasco County Schools student meal pick up sites


Free WiFi Access for Students During Outbreak

Charter Communications is among the companies offering FREE access to broadband and WiFi to keep students and families connected during the quarantine. You can learn more about how to sign up here.


EPA’s List of Cleaning Products that Kill Coronavirus:



Feeding Tampa Bay: Feeding Tampa Bay is ramping up response to COVID-19, but with big changes to the normal distribution of food. Volunteers and donations are still needed.

End 68 Hours of Hunger Tampa Bay: This group is collecting donations to help feed 600 kids in the Tampa Bay Area while they are out of school. As you know, the state and school districts are ensuring kids get the meals they need while not in school. You can learn more about those efforts here.

Metropolitan Ministries: The non-profit has seen in a surge in families asking for help. If you are able, they are looking for financial and food donations of  cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meats, beans, peanut butter, baby food, and baby formula. There is also a need for diapers, hygiene items.

Donate Blood: OneBlood is in urgent need of blood donations from healthy adults. Since news of the COVID-19 outbreak started gaining steam, blood donations dropped rapidly across the country. Even the FDA is urging people to donate.

Donate Diapers: You can donate diapers and diaper products to BabyCycle in St. Pete or Champions for Children in Hillsborough County. Metropolitan Ministries is also accepting diaper donations.


You can also follow local media news sites like, and, WFLA-News Channel 8, and Fox 13 Tampa Bay.


Health Organizations:

Florida Department of Health

CDC: Centers for Disease Control

WHO: World Health Organization

Tampa Bay Area Hospitals:

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital




Tampa General Hospital

Tampa Bay Area Public School Districts:

Hillsborough County

Pinellas County

Pasco County

Polk County

For up to date information on attraction closures and event cancellations, check with each location’s social media and web pages.

*Most of these dates will be updated as Safer at Home orders lift in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Glazer Children’s Museum *Closed

Great Explorations Children’s Museum *Closed

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: *Closed

ZooTampa: *Opens on or around June 1

Dinosaur World: *Now open, but hands on activities are closed.

Tampa Bay History Center: *Closed

Florida Aquarium: *Reopens May 15 by reservation only

MOSI: *Closed

Tampa Museum of Art: *Closed

Henry B Plant Museum: *Closed

Clearwater Marine Aquarium: *Closed

Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg: *Closed

Walt Disney World: *Closed

Legoland: *Closed

Universal Studios *Closed

Our Favorite Online Learning Resources for Kids

We’re all hunkered down at home with the kids now that social distancing is highly encouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We’re sharing some online resources to help pass the time while learning something new!

Tips on How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus

Glazer Children’s Museum shares top tips based on conversations with other children’s museums around the country about the best ways to approach the subject with your kids.

Hand Washing Advice Just for Kids:

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