On a day with higher-than-average testing, Polk has recorded its second-highest one-day increase in new COVID-19 cases, according to today’s Florida Department of Health update. And the number of hospitalizations is rising again — 55 admissions in May.

No new deaths were reported for Polk today. And the number of cases at long-term-care facilities remains unchanged, even though one more Lakeland facility was added to the list. More on that below.

Latest numbers

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

  • Polk confirmed cases: 594, an increase of 17
  • Lakeland confirmed cases: 238, an increase of 11
  • Polk deaths: 30, unchanged
  • Polk hospitalizations: 194, an increase of 7

Hospitalizations hit a plateau toward the end of April with just five new cases between April 22 and 28, but the rate of new patients has quickened since then, with 55 new admissions since the end of April.

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: 9,412, an increase of 300 over the previous day.
  • Positive: 594
  • Negative: 8,810
  • Inconclusive: 3
  • Await results: 5
  • Percent positive: 6.3%

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, unchanged
  • Deaths involving Polk facilities: 19, unchanged
  • Number of Polk facilities with reported cases: 8 | List (This link lasts only until the next day’s list is published.)

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, 1 staff), Grand Villa (1 staff) and Lakeland Hills Center (1 transferred), and Scott Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center (1 staff).

The Scott Lake facility appeared on the list for the first time today. Unlike the lists of all Polk cases and hospitalizations, which are cumulative, the list of cases at long-term-care facilities reflects current conditions, so it is possible to show reductions.

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, unchanged
33803: 21, unchanged
33805: 40, unchanged
33809: 15, unchanged
33810: 22, unchanged
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, 238
  • Winter Haven, 106
  • Davenport, 62
  • Kissimmee, 38*
  • Bartow, 33
  • Lake Wales, 25
  • 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, 2
  • Bradley, 1
  • Champions Gate, 1
  • Cypress Gardens, 1
  • Indian Lakes Estates, 1
  • Polk City, 1
  • Lake Hamilton, 1
  • Lakeshore (formerly Fedhaven), 1
  • Waverly, 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 Thursday.

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com 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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  1. Are the number of deaths included in the number of residents transferred out on the accounting from the nursing homes?

    1. I don’t believe so. The nursing home numbers get updated daily, and my impression is that they no longer count those who either later test positive or pass away. I don’t know that definitively.

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