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Lakeland, FL – While COVID-19 testing in the community has increased and the positivity rate has remained steady, Lakeland Regional Health has seen a steady volume in COVID-19 patients over the last week at its Medical Center. Right now, we have 56 COVID-19 positive patients in our Medical Center and 15 COVID-19 patients awaiting testing results.

As 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 options, including offering COVID-19 testing at our Primary Care and Urgent Care locations later this fall.

Medical Center: Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center continues to use same-day, in-house testing for emergency procedures and other similar patient situations. We are mindful of the six testing platforms we use, as several are in short supply.

LRH Emergency Department and Drive-Thru Testing Centers: Turnaround times are 2 to 5 days.

LRH Respiratory Care Center: Results continue to be returned the next day.

Pediatric Testing Center: Test results are returned the next day. In its first week of operation, we have been seeing an average of 30 patients per day at the Pediatric Testing Center.


We currently have 706 patients admitted to our Medical Center, with 54% 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 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.
  • NEW! Residents are encouraged to get their flu shots, particularly in the middle of a pandemic. Flu vaccines are available in our Primary Care, Urgent Care and Walk-In locations, and we are not currently experiencing a shortage in vaccines. 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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