Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the city and state, the City of Tampa has decided to cancel this year’s 4th of July — Boom by the Bay — celebration.

“While we would have loved to celebrate the 4th of July together in person, we have to put the safety of our community first,” said Mayor Jane Castor in a press release. “We are looking forward to an even bigger celebration next year once this virus is behind us, but we have to work together first to stop it.”

Castor also urged people to continue practicing COVID-19 safety by wearing a face covering in public settings, washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds, keeping at least six feet from others and avoiding large gatherings.

If you are feeling ill, you are urged to stay home and get testing, which is free for Hillsborough County residents by calling 813-272-5900.

Hillsborough County had a record number of positive cases of Covid-19 with 244 on Wednesday, breaking the record set just two days before. There were also five deaths, bringing the county total to 107, while Florida has had more than 3,100 deaths.

The state, which has had 15 straight days of more than 1,000 positive cases, had 2,610 new cases on Wednesday, a day after setting the record with 2,783.

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