COVID 19 in Polk County for the week ending Nov. 4, according to the Florida Department of Health:

  • New cases: 332, the lowest since mid-June 2020 and the 10th consecutive week of decreases
  • Testing positivity: 2.8%, the lowest since testing started in March 2020 (The state is no longer disclosing how many people were tested.)
  • New vaccinations: 1,649, a slight rise from 1,626 the previous week. Until this week, vaccinations had decreased every week since 9,560 were administered the last week of July
  • Population age 12+ with at least one vaccination: 66%, compared with 73% statewide, unchanged from last week
  • Fully vaccinated: 59.2%, according to the CDC, up from 58.8% last week
  • Deaths: 22, according to the CDC

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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