Lakeland Regional Health Reports a COVID-19 Case

An 88-year-old man who is in stable condition at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center has been tested positive for COVID-19, the hospital announced. It’s the third case reported in Polk County and the first known to be in Lakeland. The case is not considered to be travel-related.

Earlier this week, the Florida Department of Heath reported the disease had been confirmed in a 44-year-old woman whose case wasn’t considered travel-related and a 21-year-old woman who had recently traveled to Georgia.

No information was released indicating where in Polk they live. The 21-year-old has been identified as a student who takes classes at Polk State College’s Winter Haven campus. College officials said they are notifying students and faculty who may have come into contact with her.

We don’t know yet how long the latest victim has been in the hospital.

UPDATE: Today’s 6 p.m. update of the Florida Department of Health interactive COVID-19 map showed that a fourth case has been confirmed in Polk County. The latest case is a 55-year-old man who recently traveled to Spain, according to the Polk County Health Department. All four cases have been confirmed in the last three days.

In all, 67 people have been tested in Polk County. In addition to the four who tested positive, 31 were negative, and 32 test results are pending.

Here’s the text of a news release sent by Lakeland Regional Health at 2:25 p.m. today:

Lakeland, FL – We were notified by the Florida Department of Health this morning of a COVID-19 positive presumptive result for an 88-year-old male under our care who is in stable condition.

The Department of Health will notify exposed individuals in the community and investigate the possible source of the infection while providing them additional direction and guidance. This patient was appropriately triaged by our medical teams with the use of screening protocols recommended by state and federal agencies.

Our well-trained staff ensured adequate infection prevention guidelines were followed to minimize exposure to others and themselves.

The hospital has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. Friday to answer questions.

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