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As Polk COVID Cases Fall, Testing Positivity Drops to Lowest-Ever Level

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, […]

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COVID Absences Prompted Fire Department to Pause Non-Essential Services for a Month

With nearly a third of its sworn employees out because of COVID-19 cases or quarantines, the Lakeland Fire Department paused “non-essential duties” and had some firefighters working 48-hour shifts regularly during September, department leaders told city commissioners on Monday. Normal operations resumed Oct. 1, The Ledger reported in a subscribers-only story. Source: The Ledger

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As COVID Declines in Polk Schools, Worries Emerge on New Quarantine Rules

Polk School Board members heard mixed messages on COVID-19 in local schools when they met Tuesday, The Ledger reports. Infections involving students and staff have steadily decreased during the last three weeks, Superintendent Frederick Heid said. But he and an infectious disease expert expressed worries about the effects of new, laxer state rules regarding quarantines […]