The latest nursing home outbreak is at Oakbridge Healthcare Center in Lakeland.
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Polk County’s steady rate of new COVID-19 cases continued last week as the Florida Department of Health reported 121 among county residents. That total eclipsed the previous high of 111 the week before from May 10-16, according to data from Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.
The last 4 weekly totals began with 108 from April 26 to May 2, followed by an identical 108 from May 3-9, 111 from May 10-16 and then the high of 121 from May 17-23. Included in last week’s total was the single-day high of 36 on Wednesday.
Add in 13 new cases reported by state health officials Sunday and Polk stands at 379 for the month of May, averaging 15.8 per day.
According to the Memorial Day data from the Department of Health, Polk stands at 878 cases (867 residents, 11 non-residents) and the death toll remained at 49 for the fourth straight day.
The death toll was raised by 4 in Friday’s data from state health officials, pushing Polk’s total to 49. The fatalities were identified as an 86-year-old male and females ages 57, 76 and 95.
Statewide, Florida stands at 51,746 confirmed cases and 2,252 deaths.
Midday Monday, the U.S. had 1,651,254 cases and 97,811 deaths. Global cases stood at 5,453,784 with the death toll at 345,721, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Polk nursing homes
In data available with Monday’s report, 21 resident deaths are being reported at Highlands Lake Center in Lakeland by state health officials. The Ledger has documented at least 22 through residents’ family members and the Medical Examiner’s Office for the 10th Judicial Circuit.
Overall, there are five nursing homes in Polk with documented deaths of residents. The state is reporting 5 fatalities for residents at Consulate Health Care of Lakeland, 3 at Brandywyne Health Care Center in Winter Haven, 2 at Lakeland Hills Center and 2 at Palm Garden of Winter Haven.
Using the number of 22 documented by The Ledger for Highlands Lake Center, the 34 nursing home deaths in Polk represent 69.4% of the county’s 49 total fatalities from COVID-19.
As of Monday’s report, 549 long-term care facilities in Florida currently have positive cases among residents and staff members, according to state health officials. Increasing by 2, 11 are now identified in Polk.
The latest outbreak is at Oakbridge Healthcare Center in Lakeland where 21 residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
Highlands Lake Center (1 positive resident onsite, 65 positive residents transferred, 25 positive staff), Consulate Health Care of Lakeland (5 residents, 10 residents transferred, 3 staff), Brandywyne Health Care Center (23 residents, 13 residents transferred, 16 staff), Oakbridge Healthcare Center (21 residents), Lakeland Hills Center (8 residents transferred, 5 staff), Palm Garden of Winter Haven (4 residents, 6 residents transferred), Spring Haven Retirement Community (1 staff), Grace Manor of Lake Morton (2 residents), Water’s Edge of Lake Wales (2 residents), Wedgewood Healthcare Center in Lakeland (1 resident transferred), Scott Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center (1 staff).
The 212 confirmed cases currently being identified by state health officials for Polk nursing homes (residents and staff) in Monday’s data represent 24.1% of the county’s positive tests.
Polk cases by city
The cities in Polk with confirmed cases was at 27 in Monday’s report. Lakeland tops all county cities, currently No. 27 among the state’s top 30 cities in positive tests with 340. Winter Haven is next with 163 followed by Davenport with 79, Lake Wales with 49, Kissimmee with 48, Bartow with 43, Auburndale with 27, Haines City with 20, Mulberry with 19, Frostproof with 12, Fort Meade with 11, Poinciana with 6, Lake Alfred with 5, Eagle Lake and Polk City with 4 each, Dundee with 3, Kathleen, Babson Park and Wahneta with 2 each, and Clermont, Bradley, Waverly, ChampionsGate, Lake Hamilton, Cypress Gardens, Lakeshore and Indian Lake Estates with 1 each.
There are 11 cases yet to be identified with a city, according to state health officials.
More on Polk
Of the county’s 867 COVID-19 cases for state residents, 536 are females, or 61.8%, while 331 are males, or 38.2%. That is in stark contrast to the state averages that show 51% of cases are females and 49% are males.
Polk’s hospitalization rate is at 29.4% (258 hospitalizations for 878 cases) and its death rate for all cases is 5.6%. The county’s numbers outpace the state totals of 18.2% (9,424 hospitalizations for 51,746 cases) and 4.4%, respectively.
The 55-64 age group leads Polk in confirmed cases with 138 followed by 45-55 with 131, 25-34 with 123, 35-44 with 120, 65-74 with 107, 75-84 with 94, 85-plus with 82, 15-24 with 64, 5-14 with 11 and 0-4 with 3.
Polk’s cases range from ages 2 to 103 with a median age of 53.