On a day when Florida set a new record for new coronavirus cases in one day at 9,585, Polk County set a few records of its own:

  • New cases in one day: 402 (Previous high was 209 on Friday.)
  • Lakeland new cases in one day: 98 (Previous high was 95 on Wednesday.)
  • Tests reported in one day: 1,890 (Previous high was 1,708 on June 11.)
  • Deaths in one day: 5 (Previous high was 4 on May 27 and Thursday)

The number of COVID-19 tests given in Polk has risen in recent weeks, but that number isn’t keeping pace with the rate of tests that get positive results. Polk’s overall rate of positive tests rose to 7.4% today from 4.5% just two weeks ago.

For the first time, Polk’s rate of positive tests exceeded the statewide rate, which rose to 7.2% from 6.9%, according today’s update from the Florida Department of Health.

The five Polk residents whose deaths were reported today included an 80-year-old man and four women, ages 66, 73, 79 and 82. One had been confirmed with the disease more than a month ago, and one’s case was just confirmed on Thursday. Two of the five were residents of long-term-care facilities.

The median age of cases reported in Polk County continues dropping, reaching 41 today, the same as the statewide number. Until now, the median age of Polk’s cases has been higher than the state number.

The charts we’ve been updating daily:

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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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