Lakeland, FL – The volume of COVID-19 patients at the Medical Center saw a noticeable uptick in the last week. Right now, we have 71 COVID-19 positive patients in our Medical Center and 3 COVID-19 patients awaiting testing results.
With the rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout Florida and the rest of the United States, we know that our infectious disease experts urge residents to stay vigilant: Wear masks, avoid large gatherings, wash hands and keep socially distant. As you make plans for the holidays, 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 have seen a good volume of patients at our Pediatrician offices.
We currently have 803 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.
Lakeland Regional Health began successfully using bamlanivimab for high-risk COVID-19 patients ages 12 years and older, treating about 3 to 5 patients per day. We’ve reached out to local primary care providers and pediatric offices to make them aware of this treatment option for their patients, as Lakeland Regional Health received the largest supply of bamlanivimab in the state of Florida and has been praised for its efficiency in administering this drug therapy. Out of 38 patients who received bamlanivimab, only 1 needed admission to our Medical Center so far.
- 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.