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  • COVID CASES: Thirteen cases of COVID-19 were reported in Polk public schools during the first week of classes; none of the 11 affected schools is in Lakeland. Friday’s update from the Florida Department of Health listed 121 new cases in Polk, the highest number in six days | Schools list
  • COVID MONEY: Polk County found itself with nearly $23 million in unspent funds from the federal CARES act; County Commissioners decided on Friday to spend up to $10 million to help Lakeland Regional Health and BayCare defray Covid costs, $10 million in income support for elderly and the disabled, and $2.5 million on job training for people whose jobs were lost because of the pandemic.