Lakeland, FL – The volume of COVID-19 patients at the Medical Center saw a small uptick in the last week. Right now, we have 59 COVID-19 positive patients in our Medical Center and 9 COVID-19 patients awaiting testing results.
As our state begins to see COVID-19 cases rise to the levels we saw during the first surge and with Thanksgiving Break and Thanksgiving Day around the corner, our infectious disease experts urge residents to stay vigilant: Wear masks, avoid large gatherings, wash hands and keep socially distant. As we take care of our community this time of year, we want to ensure that you are kept informed of how the local hospital is faring during the pandemic.
Lakeland Regional Health is committed to offering the most convenient and accurate testing options to the community, now using six testing platforms to ensure patients receive the timeliest care.
We continue to offer COVID-19 testing at our Urgent Care and Pediatric locations, our Drive-Thru Testing Centers and our Pediatric Testing at our Children’s Emergency Department. We are seeing about 50 appointments a day at our Main Drive-Thru Testing Center in our Medical Center parking garage. We appreciate the support we receive from Polk County Government to operate our Drive-Thru Testing Centers.
We currently have 767 patients admitted to our Medical Center, with 47% 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.
- Lakeland Regional Health began using Aviptadil, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave Emergency Authorization for usage in COVID-19 patients with respiratory failure who have exhausted approved therapies.
- Community members are urged to get their flu shots, particularly in the middle of a pandemic. Residents can now receive flu shots without an appointment at our Urgent Care locations at Lake Miriam and Pablo Campus and our Walk-In location at Gateway. Severe complications from the flu include pneumonia, sepsis and inflammation of the heart, which often result in hospitalization.
- While our community remains socially distant and prepares for a second surge in COVID-19 cases, we know that the continued isolation from friends and family members can take a toll on behavioral wellness. Our Behavioral Health experts have prepared the following blog post on “Combatting COVID-19 Fatigue.” In addition, you will find behavioral health resources available at our online COVID-19 Business Resource Center, https://mylrh.org/businessresources/. You can also refer your readers and viewers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800.273.8255.