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Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health Medical has been seeing a decrease in volume of COVID-19 patients at its Medical Center. Right now, we have 99 COVID-19 positive patients in our Medical Center and 15 COVID-19 patients awaiting testing results.

As such, we want to ensure that our community is kept informed of how the local hospital is faring during the pandemic.


Testing turnaround times have significantly improved at all of our testing sites.

Medical Center: Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center continues to use same-day, in-house testing for emergency procedures and other similar patient situations. These testing kits are still in short supply.

LRH Emergency Department and Drive-Thru Testing Centers: Testing turnaround times is approximately 3 days for results at our two Drive-Thru Testing Centers. Beginning August 24, 2020, hours will be expanding at our Drive-Thru Testing Center at the Medulla Community Center to include 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.

LRH Respiratory Care Center: Testing is now done in house, and results are returned the next day.


We currently have 738 patients admitted to our Medical Center, with 42% of our Intensive Care Unit beds available for patients. Please be reminded that these numbers change rapidly as patients are discharged or moved and new patients are admitted.


Our Pediatric areas, both in our Medical Center and at our outpatient locations, are safe and ready to care for children and teens. We will be offering some Frequently Asked Questions at

In addition, Nicole Hinds, MD, Lakeland Regional Health Pediatrician and Medical Director of Pediatrics Practices, and Daniel Haight, MD, Lakeland Regional Health Vice President of Community Health and Medical Director of Infection Prevention, will be providing parents and teens an opportunity to ask them questions between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, via Lakeland Regional Health’s Instagram Story (@lakelandregionalhealth). 


  • Our infectious disease specialists remind you to continue to wear masks, avoid large gatherings, wash hands and stay informed from reliable sources.
  • Parents are reminded to have their child vaccinated at the start of the school year. Lakeland Regional Health Pediatric offices are safe and ready to care for patients.
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