In the last two days, the Florida Department of Health has reported four more COVID-19 deaths in Polk County, all of them related to long-term-care facilities. With that, nearly two-thirds of the county’s fatalities from the disease — 19 out of 30 — came from elder-care facilities.

Hospitalizations have also increased in recent days — 26 admissions in the last two days, bringing the total of hospital cases in Polk so far to 187. Sixty of those cases have been added since last Wednesday.

The two Polk residents whose deaths were reported today were a 63-year-old woman whose case was first recorded on April 26 and an 84-year-old man whose case was first recorded on April 29.

The daily reports do not specify which long-term-care facilities the deaths were associated with. Those reports come out weekly, with the next one expected on Friday.

Latest numbers

This morning’s COVID-19 updates from the Florida Department of Health compared with the previous day:

  • Polk confirmed cases: 564, an increase of 17
  • Lakeland confirmed cases: 227, an increase of 3
  • Polk deaths: 30, an increase of two
  • Polk hospitalizations: 187, an increase of 9

The numbers of confirmed cases and hospitalizations are cumulative and do not reflect how many people have recovered or have been released from the hospital.

Testing in Polk

  • Total tested: 9,112, an increase of 294 over the previous day.
  • Positive: 564
  • Negative: 8,540
  • Inconclusive: 3
  • Await results: 5
  • Percent positive: 6.2%

The numbers of people being tested remains small compared with Polk County’s estimated population of 708,000 people. A shortage of test kits means that until recently only people showing severe symptoms and/or high risk were tested.

Long-term care facilities

  • Cases involving Polk facilities: 139, an increase of 8
  • Deaths involving Polk facilities: 19, an increase of 2
  • Number of Polk facilities with reported cases: 8 | List

In Lakeland, the list shows current cases at Highlands Lake Center (7 residents, 54 residents transferred away, 23 staff), Consulate Health Care (1 resident, 2 transferred), Grand Villa (1 staff) and Lakeland Hills Center (1 transferred).

The Polk facility with the most new cases this week is Brandywyne Health Care Center in Winter Haven, with 22 residents currently testing positive and 14 staff members positive.

New Polk County data

The Florida Department of Health recently started releasing a new county-by-county series of charts. Here are today’s:

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ZIP Codes

Cases in Lakeland ZIP codes:

33801: 17, an increase of 2
33803: 21, unchanged
33805: 40, unchanged
33809: 15, unchanged
33810: 22, an increase of 1
33811: 5, unchanged
33812: 5, unchanged
33813: 84, unchanged
33815: 9, unchanged

View an interactive ZIP code map here. To find local ZIP code data, click on the “Cases by Zip Code” tab below the map and then scroll to Polk and click. Learn how ZIP code data is reported.

Cases in Polk cities

  • Lakeland, 227
  • Winter Haven, 96
  • Davenport, 58
  • Kissimmee, 36*
  • Bartow, 32
  • Lake Wales, 24
  • Auburndale, 17
  • Haines City, 14
  • Mulberry, 12
  • Fort Meade, 9
  • Lake Alfred, 5
  • Frostproof, 4
  • Poinciana, 4
  • Dundee, 3
  • Eagle Lake, 2
  • Wahneta, 2
  • Kathleen, 2
  • Babson Park, 1
  • Bradley, 1
  • Champions Gate, 1
  • Cypress Gardens, 1
  • Indian Lakes Estates, 1
  • Polk City, 1
  • Lake Hamilton, 1
  • Lakeshore (formerly Fedhaven), 1
  • Waverly, 1
  • No city named, 1

* While Kissimmee is in Osceola County, the Health Department classifies a portion of east Polk as Kissimmee. It maintains a separate number for the Osceola portion of Kissimmee.

Download the full Florida report released Wednesday.

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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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