In the midday report Sunday from the Florida Department of Health, Polk County has inched up to 248 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — ranging in age from 3 to 97 — and deaths remained at 8. But it feels like the calm before the storm. Polk has seen only 257 test results reported since Friday, now standing at 3,869.
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In the midday report Sunday from the Florida Department of Health, Polk County has inched up to 248 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and deaths remained at 8. But it feels like the calm before the storm. Polk has seen only 257 test results reported since Friday, now standing at 3,869.
Statewide, spread of the novel coronavirus remains significant with 19,347 confirmed cases and 452 deaths reported by state health officials.
Not to make light of this troubling pandemic that is now a couple weeks from its adjusted peak in Florida by researchers, but Polk County has become a bit of trivia.
As of the midday advisory Sunday, Polk County has the only two travel-related cases for COVID-19 in Florida that included trips to Antarctica before they tested positive — a 67-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man.
Their travel did include trips to other countries as well before becoming confirmed cases.
Those two cases now give a positive test for a Florida resident with travel to all seven continents, showing how global this crisis has become in the Sunshine State.
The woman, who became a confirmed case on April 4, according to state health officials, also visited Argentina and Chile.
The man, who became a confirmed case on April 8, also visited Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Both were listed as having made contact with another confirmed case.
In data from the first advisory issued by the Florida Department of Health on Sunday, 25% of Polk’s 248 confirmed cases, or 62 of the positive tests, were listed as travel related. The percentage is most likely higher with 40 cases listed as unknown by the state and still being investigated.
The United Kingdom led the foreign trips for Polk’s cases with 5. Travel to the state of New York is related to the most travel cases documented for the county with 19.
Polk’s cases midday Sunday range in age from 3 to 97 with 247 being Florida residents and 1 a non-resident. While not listing actual numbers, women are 55% of the positive tests and men 45%.
The 55-64 age group leads the Polk’s cases with 46 followed by 65-74 and 45-54 with 41 each, 35-44 with 36, 25-34 with 35, 75-84 with 25, 15-24 with 10, 85-plus with 9, 5-14 with 4 and 0-4 with 1.
Statewide, of the 19,347 confirmed cases at midday Sunday, 18,794 are Florida residents and 553 are non-residents. Hospitalizations have increased to 2,633, a sign of the advanced status in those individual cases, meaning the state’s hospitalization rate has slightly decreased to 13.6%.
Polk’s hospitalization rate also slightly decreased to 30.6% (76 hospitalizations for 248 cases), still significantly higher than the state rate and a concerning statistic on the level of seriousness for the county’s cases.
Numbers of cases by state
State health officials have reported that all of Florida’s 67 counties are now reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19. Polk is No. 12 for most positive tests. The state’s Top 20 for most cases midday Sunday: 1. Dade 6,826, 2. Broward 2,865, 3. Palm Beach 1,609, 4. Orange 942, 5. Hillsborough 740, 6. Duval 649, 7. Lee 604, 8. Pinellas 451, 9. Collier 356, 10. Osceola 321, 11. Seminole 251, 12. Polk 248, 13. (tie) Manatee 223, 13. Sarasota 223, 15. Escambia 221, 16. Volusia 199, 17. Alachua 177, 18. St. Johns 170, 19. Clay 162, 20. Pasco 155.
Statewide, a growing 869 confirmed cases in 52 counties are being reported at long-term care facilities led by Dade with 117, Broward with 91, Palm Beach with 80 and surging Clay with 57. Polk has jumped from 7 cases Thursday to 19 midday Sunday, a concerning statistic being monitored by The Ledger.
The cities in Polk with confirmed cases remains at 17 (there are 2 cases yet to be linked to a city) with Lakeland seeing a significant increase in the past week with 73 positive tests at midday Sunday. Winter Haven also has seen a significant increase, now at 52, followed by Davenport with 45, Kissimmee with 20, Lake Wales and Auburndale both with 12, Haines City and Mulberry both with 6, Lake Alfred with 5, Fort Meade with 4, Bartow, Frostproof and Poinciana with 2 each, and ChampionsGate, Polk City, Dundee and Indian Lake Estates with 1 each.
In the region, Orange has recorded the most positive tests with 942 confirmed cases followed by Hillsborough with 740, Pinellas with 451 and Osceola with 321.
The I-4 corridor in Polk’s region remains the state’s second-highest area for confirmed cases with the 5 contiguous counties of Hillsborough, Orange, Pinellas, Polk and Osceola now having 2,702 confirmed cases, or 14% of the state’s total positive tests.
Deaths for the I-4 corridor have increased to 54: Hillsborough with 15, Orange and Pinellas with 13 each, Polk with 8 and Osceola with 5. The corridor’s death rate compared to the overall number for the state stands at 11.9%.
In the three-county epicenter of the outbreak, cases in South Florida continue to climb — Dade with 6,826, Broward with 2,865 and Palm Beach with 1,609. Those three counties now have 11,300 cases and have moved up nearly 1 point to 58.4% of the state’s positive tests.
There have been a rapidly increasing 253 deaths among those three counties — Dade significantly jumping to 97, Palm Beach with 80 and Broward with 76 — which comprise 56% of the statewide fatalities.
At midday Sunday the U.S. was reporting 542,023 cases with a spike in deaths to 21,418. Global cases stand at 1,827,284 with deaths jumping to 113,031.
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