The rate of COVID-19 testing has picked up in Polk, with 622 new tests reported today, by far the largest daily amount yet. Nineteen of those tests yielded positive results, bringing Polk’s total to 655, according to this morning’s report by the Florida Department of Health.

The 11,058 people tested represents 1.53% of Polk’s population.

The trend of both testing and positive results can be seen in an info graphic we’re updating daily on

Latest numbers

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

  • Polk confirmed cases: 655, an increase of 19
  • Lakeland confirmed cases: 264, an increase of 6
  • Polk deaths: 33, unchanged for two days in a row
  • Polk hospitalizations: 209, an increase of 1

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 70 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: 11,058, an increase of 655 over the previous day. That’s the highest daily number of new tests for Polk.
  • Positive: 655
  • Negative: 10,400
  • Inconclusive: 3
  • Await results: 4
  • Percent positive: 6.1%

The numbers of people being tested remains small compared with Polk County’s estimated population of 724,777 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

There are Sunday’s figures. Monday’s report has not been reeased yet.

  • Cases involving Polk facilities: 132, a decrease of 8
  • Deaths involving Polk facilities: 21, an increase of 1
  • Number of Polk facilities with reported cases: 8 | List (This link lasts only until the next day’s list is published.)

In Lakeland, the bulk of cases are from Highlands Lake Center, which has reported positive cases for 7 residents, 54 residents who were transferred away and 23 staff; those numbers have not changed since May 2.

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: 25, an increase of 3 since Saturday
33803: 23, unchanged
33805: 43, an increase of 2 since Saturday
33809: 19, an increase of 3 since Saturday
33810: 29, unchanged
33811: 1-4 (until recently, 5 were reported)
33812: 10, unchanged
33813: 90, an increase of 4 since Saturday
33815: 12, 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, 264
  • Winter Haven, 115
  • Davenport, 66
  • Kissimmee, 41*
  • Bartow, 36
  • Lake Wales, 29
  • Auburndale, 18
  • Haines City, 15
  • Mulberry, 12
  • Fort Meade, 10
  • Lake Alfred, 5
  • Frostproof, 4
  • Poinciana, 4
  • Dundee, 3
  • Polk City, 3
  • Eagle Lake, 2
  • Wahneta, 2
  • Kathleen, 2
  • Babson Park, 2
  • Bradley, 1
  • Champions Gate, 1
  • Cypress Gardens, 1
  • Indian Lakes Estates, 1
  • Lake Hamilton, 1
  • Lakeshore (formerly Fedhaven), 1
  • Waverly, 1
  • No city named, 4

* 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 Monday.

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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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