Today’s COVID-19 report showed the second-largest increase of confirmed cases in Polk County since the pandemic began. Out of 32 new cases, 24 were in Lakeland; it appears 18 of the Polk cases were at long-term-care facilities.

The largest number of new Polk cases in one day occurred one week ago today, when 36 were reported.

Today’s 24 new cases in Lakeland is one higher than the count on April 27, which was previously the heaviest day here.

Ten new cases were reported today in the 33801 ZIP Code, which includes downtown Lakeland and areas east of downtown. That ZIP Code, which went from 31 positive cases to 41, was the only one in Lakeland reporting a large jump today.

Testing remains higher, with 509 new tests reported today, slightly above the 500-a-day average the Florida Department of Health is shooting for.

There were no new deaths reported in Polk County today.

Latest numbers

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

  • Polk confirmed cases: 939, an increase of 32
  • Lakeland confirmed cases: 378, an increase of 24
  • Polk deaths: 54, unchanged
  • Polk hospitalizations: 275, an increase of 8

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 132 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: 19,712, an increase of 509
  • Positive: 939
  • Negative: 18,739
  • Inconclusive: 4
  • Await results: 6
  • Percent positive: 4.7%

The numbers of people tested is 2.72% of Polk County’s estimated population of 724,777 people.

Long-term care facilities

  • Cases involving Polk facilities: 243, an increase of 18 over the previous day.
  • Deaths involving Polk facilities: 39, unchanged
  • Number of Polk facilities with reported cases: 13. Here’s a link, but note that this link lasts only until the next day’s report is issued.

One Lakeland assisted-living facility was new to the list today. The Manor at Lake Morton, 534 E. Lime St., reported one of its residents had tested positive and transferred away.

In Lakeland, the bulk of cases are from Highlands Lake Center, which today reported positive cases for 91 people: 66 residents who were transferred away and 25 staff.

More Polk County data

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

Click the image to view a larger version
Click the image to view a larger version

ZIP Codes

Cases in Lakeland ZIP codes:

33801: 41, an increase of 10
33803: 31, unchanged
33805: 67, an increase of 3
33809: 41, an increase of 3
33810: 46, an increase of 4
33811: 9, an increase of 2
33812: 14, an increase of 1
33813: 106, a increase of 1
33815: 14, 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, 378
  • Winter Haven, 173
  • Davenport, 82
  • Lake Wales, 52
  • Kissimmee, 48*
  • Bartow, 48
  • Auburndale, 32
  • Mulberry, 22
  • Haines City, 20
  • Frostproof, 12
  • Fort Meade, 11
  • Poinciana, 6
  • Lake Alfred, 5
  • Eagle Lake, 4
  • Polk City, 4
  • Dundee, 4
  • Wahneta, 2
  • Kathleen, 2
  • Babson Park, 2
  • Bradley, 1
  • Champions Gate, 1
  • Cypress Gardens, 1
  • Indian Lakes Estates, 1
  • Lake Hamilton, 1
  • Waverly, 1
  • Lakeshore (formerly Fedhaven), 1
  • Clermont, 1*
  • No city named, 13

* 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 Thursday.

Tracking the cases

SEND FEEDBACK, corrections or news tips:


Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.

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.

Leave a comment

Your Thoughts On This? (Comments are moderated; first and last name are required.) Cancel reply