Ten new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Polk County, according to this morning’s Florida Department of Health updates. Those reports also show three new cases in Lakeland and four at long-term-care facilities.

In the past, the state released data twice a day, and LkldNow’s updates were based on the data released the evening before. The department has switched to once-a-day updates in the morning, so our updates now reflect the morning numbers.

Overall numbers

Sunday morning’s totals compared with the previous day:

  • Polk confirmed cases: 410, an increase of 10
  • Lakeland confirmed cases: 160, an increase of 3
  • Polk deaths: 18, unchanged
  • Polk hospitalizations: 122, an increase of 2

Six COVID-19 deaths were reporting in Polk County last week, representing a 50 percent increase over the 12 cases at the beginning of the week.

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: 6,486, an increase of 173 over the previous day
  • Positive: 410
  • Negative: 6,066
  • Inconclusive: 2
  • Await results: 7

Long-term care facilities

  • Cases involving Polk facilities: 67, up four from Saturday
  • Deaths involving Polk facilities: 8, unchanged
  • Number of Polk facilities with reported cases: 6 | List

The number of positive cases is likely 10 times the official number, Polk County Health Department Director Joy Jackson told city commissioners recently. Those who test positive now probably contracted the disease two to three weeks ago, given the time it takes for symptoms to show and test results to be processed.

In addition, the numbers of people being tested remains tiny compared with Polk County’s estimated population of 708,000 people. A shortage of test kits means only people who meet CDC criteria are being tested.

New Polk County data

Along with the change of release times, the Florida Department of Health is releasing a new county-by-county series of charts. These had previously been available for a handful of counties but not for Polk. Here is the one for Polk that was released Sunday morning:

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ZIP Codes

Cases in Lakeland ZIP codes:

33801: 10, an increase of 1
33803: 13, unchanged
33805: 29, an increase of 2
33809: 13, an increase of 1
33810: 14, unchanged
33811: 1 to 4
33812: 5, unchanged
33813: 60, unchanged
33815: 7, 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, 160
  • Winter Haven, 64
  • Davenport, 51
  • Kissimmee, 33*
  • Lake Wales, 18
  • Auburndale, 14
  • Bartow, 14
  • Haines City, 10
  • Mulberry, 9
  • Fort Meade, 8
  • Lake Alfred, 5
  • Frostproof, 4
  • Poinciana, 4
  • Eagle Lake, 2
  • Wahneta, 2
  • Babson Park, 1
  • Champions Gate, 1
  • Cypress Gardens, 1
  • Dundee, 1
  • Indian Lakes Estates, 1
  • Polk City, 1

* 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 Sunday.

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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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