Twenty-seven new cases of COVID-19 and one death from the disease were reported for Polk County today by the Florida Department of Health. Polk’s 64th death involves an 83-year-old man who had lived in a long-term-care facility and whose case was first diagnosed May 16.

The 27 new cases is higher than the 19.9 14-day average for new cases in Polk calculated by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Today is the fist time since May 30 that the average dipped below 20 new cases.

With testing at higher-than-average levels in recent days, the average of positive tests showed a slight decline today. The cumulative average for Polk was reported today at 4.7% by the Florida Department of Health after spending the last eight days between 4.8% and 4.9%.

Latest numbers

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

  • Polk confirmed cases: 1,127, an increase of 27
  • Lakeland confirmed cases: 456, an increase of 4
  • Polk deaths: 64, an increase of 4
  • Polk hospitalizations: 336, an increase of 4

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: 23,771, an increase of 674
  • Positive: 1,127
  • Negative: 22,636
  • Inconclusive: 6
  • Await results: 9
  • Percent positive: 4.7%, a decrease of .1%

The numbers of people tested is 3.28% 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: 48, an increase of 1
  • Number of Polk facilities with reported cases: 11 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: 67 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.

A large majority of COVID-19 deaths in Polk County have involved people who have lived in long-term-care facilities:

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: 72
33803: 35
33805: 80
33809: 46
33810: 53
33811: 13
33812: 16
33813: 113
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, 456
  • Winter Haven, 208
  • Davenport, 97
  • Bartow, 63
  • Lake Wales, 60
  • Kissimmee, 56*
  • Auburndale, 37
  • Haines City, 33
  • Mulberry, 29
  • Fort Meade, 14
  • Frostproof, 13
  • Poinciana, 8
  • Lake Alfred, 6
  • Eagle Lake, 6
  • Dundee, 5
  • Polk City, 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, 6

* 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 Friday. (The state changed its naming convention for these files today, so its unlikely this link will work after Saturday’s report is released.)

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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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