Twenty-one new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths from the disease were reported for Polk County today by the Florida Department of Health. Polk’s 59th and 60th deaths were both people who had lived in long-term-care facilities. As of today, fully three-quarters of Polk’s fatalities came from homes for the elderly.

The 21 new cases closely tracks a Polk figure being calculated by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The 14-day average of new cases in Polk has hovered between 20.5 and 20.9 for the last three days. That figure had been below 18 for at least two weeks until last Thursday.

The two deaths reported today involved a 73-year-old man whose case was confirmed on May 20 and an 81-year-old woman whose case was confirmed May 28.

In statewide news, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced today that bars, movie theaters and bowling alleys can open Friday at 50% capacity.

Also allowed to open: tattoo shops, massage parlors and tanning salons as long as they follow “appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols.”

Latest numbers

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

  • Polk confirmed cases: 1,046, an increase of 21
  • Lakeland confirmed cases: 445, an increase of 10
  • Polk deaths: 60, an increase of 2
  • Polk hospitalizations: 331, an increase of 6

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: 22,372, an increase of 521
  • Positive: 1,074
  • Negative: 19,210
  • Inconclusive: 4
  • Await results: 6
  • Percent positive: 4.8%, the same as the last three days

The numbers of people tested is 3.22% of Polk County’s estimated population of 724,777 people. The Florida Department of Health’s goal is to see 500 people a day tested this month.

Long-term care facilities

  • Deaths involving Polk facilities: 45, an increase of 2
  • Number of Polk facilities with reported cases: 9. Here’s a link, but note that this link lasts only until the next day’s report is issued.

In Lakeland, the bulk of cases are from Highlands Lake Center, which for the last few days has reported positive cases for 93 people: 676 residents who were transferred away and 26 staff.

In addition, Grace Manor at Lake Morton has reported 44 cases: 37 residents who were transferred away and 7 staff.

More Polk County data

The Florida Department of Health is now releasing county-by-county charts. Here are today’s for Polk:

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ZIP Codes

Cases in Lakeland ZIP codes:

33801: 70
33803: 34
33805: 77
33809: 45
33810: 51
33811: 12
33812: 16
33813: 112
33815: 18

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, 445
  • Winter Haven, 195
  • Davenport, 90
  • Lake Wales, 59
  • Bartow, 58
  • Kissimmee, 56*
  • Auburndale, 37
  • Haines City, 28
  • Mulberry, 25
  • Frostproof, 13
  • Fort Meade, 11
  • Poinciana, 8
  • Lake Alfred, 6
  • Eagle Lake, 6
  • Polk City, 4
  • Dundee, 4
  • Babson Park, 3
  • Wahneta, 2
  • Kathleen, 2
  • Cypress Gardens, 2
  • Bradley, 1
  • Champions Gate, 1
  • Indian Lakes Estates, 1
  • Lake Hamilton, 1
  • Waverly, 1
  • Lakeshore (formerly Fedhaven), 1
  • Clermont, 1*
  • No city named, 2

* 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. A similar situation exists for Clermont, which is in Lake County.

Download the full Florida report released Wednesday.

Tracking the cases


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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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