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Lakeland, FL – While the number of COVID-19 cases has risen slightly in the last seven days, Lakeland Regional Health has seen a decrease in the volume of COVID-19 patients over the last week at its Medical Center. Right now, we have 50 COVID-19 positive patients in our Medical Center and 18 COVID-19 patients awaiting testing results.

As the state of Florida enters Phase 3 of reopening, according the Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order, we want to ensure that our community is kept informed of how the local hospital is faring during the pandemic.

TESTING

We are committed to offering the most convenient and accurate testing options to the community.

NEW! In addition to offering testing at our Drive-Thru Testing Centers, Respiratory Care Center, Pediatric Testing Center and our Medical Center, we are pleased to make COVID-19 testing available at our Pediatric, Urgent Care/Walk-In Care, and Primary Care practices within the next two weeks.

NEW! The Drive Thru Testing Center at the Medulla Community Center, 1049 Parker Road, South Lakeland, will now see patients from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

BED CAPACITY

We currently have 745 patients admitted to our Medical Center, with 53% 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.

ALSO NOTEWORTHY

  • Our infectious disease specialists remind you that as theaters, restaurants and other establishments more fully reopen, 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! We are seeing an increase in rhinovirus and adenovirus infections, particularly among our pediatric patients.
  • NEW! Residents are encouraged to get their flu shots, particularly in the middle of a pandemic. The Department of Health can verify when the flu is officially confirmed here in Polk County. 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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