Polk County recorded its fifth COVID-19 death Monday as the number of confirmed cases in the county rose to 180, three of them at nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. The count includes 48 people in Lakeland, up sharply from Sunday’s 34 cases. More
Lakeland Regional Health is gearing up to treat up to 1,000 COVID-19 in-patients a day when the virus reaches its peak in three to four weeks, a hospital official told the City Commission on Monday afternoon. More
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Polk County rose to 157 on Sunday, up 15 from the previous day and nearly 3 1/2 times the number from the previous Sunday. Thirty-four of those cases were in Lakeland, up 3 from Saturday. The 33805 ZIP Code in north Lakeland — joins two other parts of Lakeland where five or more cases have been reported. More
A group of nurses from Lakeland Regional Health talked with Ledger reporter Gary White about preparations for COVID-19 and what they’re doing to keep their families safe when they return home. Efforts are being made to conserve supplies, they said; for example, masks are being reused for up to seven shifts instead of discarded after one. Still, no supplies are down to crisis level, they said.
ALSO: Two nurses discuss their work at closed-off nursing homes.
Leaders at Polk County health care institutions, including Watson Clinic in Lakeland, discuss plans they are making for an expected surge in COVID-19 patients: intake procedures, prepping exclusive areas, extending equipment, safeguarding patients and staff.
ALSO: On Monday at 3, executives from Watson Clinic and Lakeland Regional Health update city commissioners on their plans; watch live on the city’s YouTube or cable channels.
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People in Lakeland and the rest of Polk County aren’t going as far when they leave the house, now that the coronavirus has hit, but we’re still logging longer distances each day than most any other large county in the U.S. More