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NOTE: Every week, Lakeland Regional Health provides COVID-19 updates via email to answer many of the questions you regularly ask. Should you have follow-up questions or queries not related to COVID-19, please email

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health Medical has seen volume of COVID-19 patients remain fairly consistent at its Medical Center in the past week. Right now, we have 91 COVID-19 positive patients in our Medical Center and 24 COVID-19 patients awaiting testing results.

As the businesses, universities and schools continue to reopen and long-term care facilities observe new visitation procedures, 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, and we continue to explore additional testing platforms.

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 very short supply.

LRH Emergency Department and Drive-Thru Testing Centers: Turnaround times are 2 to 5 days. Appointments for the Drive-Thru Testing Centers can be made by calling 863.413.5907.

LRH Respiratory Care Center: Results continue to be returned the next day. Appointments can be made at 863.284.5000.

NEW! In anticipation of an increase in children needing to be tested for COVID-19, our Children’s COVID-19 Testing Site opens on September 8 in the Children’s Emergency Department on the 2nd level of our Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children. Children ages 17 years and younger who have a doctor’s testing order can be quickly and conveniently tested. No appointment necessary. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

NEW! Beginning September 9, patients will be able to conveniently go online to schedule an appointment for COVID-19 testing at our two Drive-Thru Testing Centers. The link for this, which will not be up and running until September 9, is Prior to this, appointments could only be made by calling 863.413.5907. Patients can now call or go online to schedule an appointment.


We currently have 778 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.

NEW! We have not had Pediatric patients who are COVID-19 Positive hospitalized in our Medical Center in the last two weeks.


  • Our infectious disease specialists remind you that even though many universities, schools and businesses have reopened, it remains just as important – and maybe more so – to wear masks, avoid large gatherings, wash hands and stay informed from reliable sources. If your child is awaiting test results for COVID-19 or if a member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please keep your child home from school.
  • 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.
  • NEW! Residents are encouraged to get their flu shots, particularly in the middle of a pandemic. Flu vaccines just became available in our Primary Care, Urgent Care and Walk-In locations. Call 863.284.5000 to schedule a flu shot with a Primary Care Provider, or just conveniently walk in to our Lake Miriam Urgent Care or Gateway Walk-In locations.
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